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I read this wonderful book with my 8 year old son.
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!
Quick story with a powerful message for tweens and up. The story is told from the viewpoint of a 216 year old red maple, as he watches immigrant families come and go through the years. After someone left a message of hate carved in Red's trunk, he decides to take action, breaking every rule known to trees. There is a delightful cast of critters and one very smart crow, adding warmth and humor to the tale. Highly recommend for ages 10 and up.
I still like to read aloud to my kiddos even though thy are fine to read this alone. I enjoy the books too! So, this is gonna be a good one! So far so good! I’ll update when we finish. It’s our bedtime reading so will take a couple nights to complete. However, also a great read for 2-3rd grade and up! It has short chapters and very pretty artwork.
Katherine Applegate’s book, Wishtree was a great book for mature 3rd graders to 6th graders. The beginning and middle were excellent, but the end was very unexpected.
Whether it was the ancient tree, Red, describing the sunny days or switching back and forth between 120 years ago and now, I liked how Applegate used the tree’s point of view rather than a person’s point of view. The tree saw everything that happened in the neighborhood, and the people only saw about one-third of what happened in the neighborhood because they were in their houses.
The ending, however, was unexpected because someone did something that she could have done anywhere else in the entire book. Katherine Applegate could have made the animals or the people do something that they only could have done in the end.
In all, the book was great, but it would have been WAY better if there was at least a decent ending.
My son and I are in the middle of reading this book. It is great so far. Very funny and well written. My Mom purchased the One The Only Ivan which was also written by this author. I recommend that book as well. This author is a wonderful story teller. Two thumbs up!
The Wishtree by Katherine Applegate Review by Willa, 4th grade
Red is the neighborhood wishtree. This means that people get scraps of cloth and paper and write their wishes on them. Then they tie them to Red's branches. Some important people in the book are Samar, Stephen, Francesca, and of course Red. This book takes place in a small town with only a couple of houses. One day, a new family moves in and not everybody is welcoming. When this happens, Red's experience a wishtree is more important than ever. That's when he realizes he has a goal. In order to achieve that goal, he might have to break a rule or two. This book does not belong to a series, but Katherine Applegate has written many more great books like The One and Only Ivan, Crenshaw, Home of the Brave, and The Invasion. This is an amazing fiction book that is exciting, emotional, and very sweet.
While reading the slow start I wondered where this story could possibly be going. Then I realize how necessary the slow start was. This is a wonderful story about lonliness, unkindness, friendship and acceptance. Well worth the read.