Wishtree

Wishtree

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"A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences"--
An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk.
Publisher: New York :, Feiwel and Friends,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250043221
1250043220
Branch Call Number: J FICTION Applegat Katherin 09/2017
Characteristics: 215 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Santoso, Charles

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An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk.

An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk.

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JCLChrisK Feb 15, 2018

A simple and graceful narration with an excellent balance of wisdom, humor, tension, and poignancy that wasn't quite as emotionally evocative for me as I might have hoped. Should have wide appeal in a variety of settings.

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OPLKIDSBOOKLISTS Oct 12, 2017

Red, an enormous oak tree who is “two hundred and sixteen rings old,” cares deeply for the residents of the neighborhood—both human and animal. When young Samar and her immigrant family become the target of a hateful message, Red decides to take action before it’s too late. A magical story of h... Read More »

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JCLAllisonD Nov 12, 2017

This would make a great teacher read aloud for any classroom. It's simple prose makes the message even more profound.


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ArapahoeMarcia Aug 07, 2018

A beautifully written book about inclusivity. The dedication says it all: "For newcomers and for welcomers."

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aaansari
Aug 02, 2018

This is a thoughtful story of acceptance and immigration with a gripping plot. The narrator is a large, old oak, perfect for telling stories. It is a story that makes you imagine. Can a tree actually speak? Where does the reality we know end, and a different world begin?

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blue_dog_11143
Jul 07, 2018

I actually had to read this book going into 8th grade. I thought it was a phenomenal story! But I thought that the reading level was for children in elementary school not middle school.

BelieveN398_2 Jun 28, 2018

This beautifully written book is about friendship, acceptance and community. It would make a wonderful read-aloud and evoke great discussions.

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bibliomum
Apr 18, 2018

What a wonderful book! The stories that an old oak tree could tell. Something so simple and rooted to a community has many observations. A must read for children of all ages!

YLPLchildrens Mar 26, 2018

Katherine Applegate has crafted a lovely story with humorous and poignant moments. Told by Red, a witty, philosophizing, but above all, caring oak tree, this moving tale encourages kindness and being welcoming towards strangers. At times, I chuckled. At times, I had a lump in my throat.

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darladoodles
Mar 17, 2018

This little book is the total package. A story that is worthwhile for adults and children alike. Love, love, love the illustrations, too. A perfect read aloud for elementary classrooms. Highly recommended.

JCLChrisK Feb 15, 2018

A simple and graceful narration with an excellent balance of wisdom, humor, tension, and poignancy that wasn't quite as emotionally evocative for me as I might have hoped. Should have wide appeal in a variety of settings.

SPPL_YouthServices Jan 30, 2018

A 218 year old tree is the narrator of this story about friendship, community, tolerance and magic. Samar and her Muslim family feel unwelcome in their new neighborhood. The tree that once comforted her now has an ugly word carved into it: LEAVE. Find out if a wise old tree and its furry and feathered inhabitants can bring this community together. Recommended for grades 3 and up.

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booknrrd
Jan 21, 2018

This was sweet, but I can't picture kids lining up to read it. I think it would make a good classroom read-aloud about tolerance and kindness.

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