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Wishtree
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2017
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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.

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School Library Journal Review
Gr 4-8-The wishtree, Red, has been around for more than 200 hundred years and has seen and heard many things in their time, as people have been coming to tie wishes to their branches for years now. They are home to several different animal families and are visited often by their best friend, Bongo the crow. There's a lot of exposition in the beginning as Red explains their residents and their naming systems before the story truly begins. There's a new Muslim family in the neighborhood, and not everyone is welcoming. Red discusses the history of the community as a welcoming place for people from many different backgrounds, and connects that past in a satisfying way to the present. This is a lovely story made even lovelier by Nancy Linari's narration. She differentiates between the host of animal and human characters with ease. VERDICT Applegate fans and reluctant readers alike will be drawn to this heartfelt tale.-Elizabeth Elsbree, Krug Elementary School, Aurora, IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* Just a tree, huh? Beloved author and Newbery winner Applegate returns with a moving tale starring, of all things, an oak tree. Red has stood her ground for more than a century, watching over the houses in her neighborhood and befriending the animals that call her hollows home. Each May, her branches are strung with wishes, a tradition stemming from an Irish immigrant who once lived on the property. Red sees all, including an act of hate the word leave scrawled into her trunk, aimed at new renters, a Muslim family. After so many years of keeping quiet, Red and the animals take action, aiming to connect Samar, a young Muslim girl, with her neighbor Stephen. Meanwhile, Red's owner considers cutting her down. Short chapters and a slim word count widen the audience of this beautiful tale. In less capable hands, the subject matter could come across as moralizing, but by introducing a charming cast of critters opossums, birds, squirrels, and so on Applegate adds levity, humor, and balance. Though the story's happy ending is predictable, not all is wrapped in a tidy bow. Hate and prejudice still exist in Samar and Stephen's world, as in our own. Timely, necessary, and brimming with heart.--Barnes, Jennifer Copyright 2017 Booklist
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