Wishtree (Hardcover)

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Imagine that a tree can understand what you say. Imagine that a tree can talk to animals, and the only rule it has is to NEVER talk to humans! Meet Red, a wise old tree who has been around for 216 years and has become a good listener as he watches over his neighborhood. Once a year, on ”Wishing Day”, people leave their wishes on Red’s branches. But this might be the last year for wishes, because Red is going to be cut down … soon! When a Muslim family moves into the neighborhood, Red notices discrimination and unrest and knows he has work to do before he leaves the world!

This is a great story for young readers (8-12) about acceptance and living in the world together! It can also be a perfect read-a-loud for younger children. It’s message is tender but very clear!

-Recommended by Virgie

— From September Staff Picks for All Readers


The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope.

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"--people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all.

Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best--writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.

This book has Common Core connections.

About the Author

Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw, spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, Home of the Brave continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. Katherine Applegate lives in Tiburon, California, with her family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250043221
ISBN-10: 1250043220
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English