Wishtree Hardcover – Illustrated, 26 September 2017
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
A New York Times Notable Book, 2017
A National Public Radio Best Book of 2017
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Washington Post Best Book of 2017
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017
San Francisco Chronicle 2017 Gift Guide
Los Angeles Times 2017 Gift Guide
Autumn 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List "Top Pick" Title
Winner, E.B. White Read Aloud Award
2018 ALSC/ALA Notable Children's Book
"A beautifully written, morally bracing story that will leave its imprint on a reader of any age." The New York Times Book Review
"The simplicity of Newbery Medalist Applegate’s graceful novel contrasts powerfully with the prejudice it confronts. Narration comes from Red, an enormous red oak near an elementary school that also serves as a “wishtree” for the neighborhood―once a year, residents deposit wishes in Red’s branches and hollows....Red’s openhearted voice and generosity of spirit bring perspective gained over centuries of observation. It’s a distinctive call for kindness, delivered by an unforgettable narrator."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Applegate introduces another quiet, resilient protagonist who -- like the caged gorilla in The One and Only Ivan and the working-class boy in Crenshaw -- speaks movingly to a noisy, fractious world. -- The Washington Post
"The story’s wit and humor keep it from being heavy-handed, as do vivid portrayals of minor characters, especially Bongo, the sarcastic crow who is Red’s best friend. This is a book made for family sharing and discussion."--Raleigh News & Observer
"A book to read that sends the right message."--Parents magazine
"Timely, necessary, and brimming with heart."-- Booklist, starred review
"Newbery Award–winning author Applegate meets high expectations in this tale told by a tree named Red, a red oak who is “two hundred and sixteen rings old.” ... Another stunning effort from Applegate. This thoughtful read is a top choice for middle graders."--School Library Journal, starred review
"This swiftly moving yet contemplative read is great for early middle grade, reluctant or tentative readers, or precocious younger students. A deceptively simple, tender tale in which respect, resilience, and hope triumph."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This gentle yet powerful book is suitable for all ages...and its message remains more vital than ever."--BookPage
"Inspires hope for positive change. Perfect for a powerful classroom read, Wishtree is another winner for Applegate."--Voices of Youth Advocates, starred review
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- Item Weight : 295 g
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250043220
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250043221
- Product Dimensions : 14.38 x 2.12 x 19.74 cm
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Feiwel & Friends (26 September 2017)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is narrated by Red – a wise old tree. He is obviously cool, steady, and calm. He is a couple of hundred years old and is home to many birds and animals, all of whom communicate. Applegate’s writing then just doesn’t become about the Wishtree Red, but about the entire neighbourhood, people related to the tree, the ones who want to cut it down (not a spoiler really) and the ones who want to save it. At the heart of the book though, is a story of racism, acceptance and finding one’s roots and calling it home.
I am not going to speak about the plot all that much but I will tell you that sometimes, simple books such as these end up being so layered and impactful that you are stunned by its seemingly simplicity. “Wishtree” simply put is a story of a Red Oak Wishtree who watches over the neighbourhood and thinks he has seen it all, till a new family moves in and not everyone is welcoming to them.
Gift this book to children. Make them understand the need for empathy and kindness, needed more than ever in the world we live. Let them know that you care that they care. Applegate’s books are all about empathy and work beautifully. Read it.
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I really enjoyed this book and had a lot of fun reading it out loud with my son. The story is told from the trees point of view which makes it unique, interesting and fun to read out loud! The story is meaningful, teaching valuable lessons on community, belonging, and so much more. I had a few tears in my eyes near the end that is for sure!
My son, whom typically prefers fast paced magical books still quite enjoyed this book and was always anticipating what was going to happen next! Although I think he may be just a bit young to grasp the entire meaning of the story I could see he took away some pieces of it and I feel like it could be a book he re-reads on his own in time and understand it even more.
A great book I would highly recommend, complete with a gorgeous cover and some beautiful illustrations scattered through the pages!