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I cannot wait to give my copy of this book to a kid in need of a wonderful read It is absolutely beautiful It’s poetic without being pretentious and narrated by a tree older than any existing human And yet this tree is humane than anyone I know The tree is an observer It philosophizes about life and shares his thoughts with his not always delightful animal tenants It doesn’t act because it cannot move like a human canBut the tree feels compelled to do something or ‘‘say’’ something rather when a new family moves into one of the two houses in front of it and some people express their unhappiness about having Muslims for neighbors It’s a deeply moving story about love friendship and acceptance as well as the importance of preserving nature that harms us in no way Like one of the animals mentioned in the story why would you kill something that literary gives you life – oxygen?Not only that but this is a page turner It’s short but still full of substance Plus it contains great illustrations that help visualize scenes and add to the lyrical atmosphere A must buy read review Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’ Wishtree is like an iceberg small on the surface but immensely powerful underneath This is another uietly powerful book by adored author Katherine Applegate With Red Katherine Applegate introduces another uiet resilient protagonist who like the caged gorilla in “The One and Only Ivan” speaks movingly to a noisy belligerent world Red is a caring oak who describes her life as a leafy shelter for generations of animals and as a wishtree for humans It’s easy to suspend disbelief with her wise voice active mind and caring soul She knows well the habits of creatures in her world and treats readers to an insightful analysis though the habits of humans could be a bit trickier for her “Two hundred and sixteen rings and I still haven’t figured them out” The pacing starts out slowly with early chapters focused almost entirely on the natural world but eventually we get to meet the human at the novel’s center Samar a recent Muslim refugee is lonely and in need of a friend When a teenager carves a hateful message into Red’s trunk she worries about its effect on Samar and her family Amidst all this the woman who owns the property threatens to cut down Red having forgotten the story of her ancestors and the beginning of all the wishes As much as she doesn't want to be chopped down Red still persists to help Samar So she and her best buddy a crow named Bongo begin to scheme about helping Samar make a connection to the community with poignant resultsApplegate often untangles thorny subjects for young readers In Wishtree she takes on anti Muslim bigotry handling the subject with a light touch so the treatment doesn't feel heavy There's sly humor and fun friendships involving the tree talking animals and humans mixed in with some meaty scientific information about trees and animals The story is sprinkled with strikingly beautiful language but never showy My favorite was the stars freckled the skyI adored Red And her story could teach us a lot about kindness friendship family heritage and so much “If you find yourself standing near a particularly friendly looking tree   listen up” ALL THE STARS This is THE middle grade book of fall 2017 and it should be on the pre order list for every single library and middle grade classroom in the country While it may be listed as for ages 10 14 I would read this book aloud as far down as first grade WISHTREE is at first glance a middle grade novel about a tree and animals but WISHTREE is also and importantly a message book It uses the medium of a beautiful middle grade story to spread a message about wishes and inclusion and friendship and religious tolerance in a time of great turmoil in the US And yes it also has great dialogue between Red the oak tree and Red's animal friends that's what will first hook kids But as teachers and parents share this book with children Red and the animals will fall to the background as discussions about big topics arisebig topics that we do need to be talking about What Applegate has done with this book is exuisite as she has wrapped this vital message up in a book that is incredibly accessible to to even the most reluctant middle grade reader short chapters simple sentences and manageable vocabulary are the perfect venue for a message like this I will be recommending this as a staff book club pick this year and hope to have it read aloud to as many classes as possible in my school It's THAT good And THAT important Please see the book website for resources and to register for a Wishing Day event on 92817 Thanks to NerdCampMI and the publisher for the advance review copy of this title all opinions are my own This galley will now be passed on to the #kidlitexchange review network 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 her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows this wishtree watches over the neighborhoodYou might say Red has seen it all Until a new family moves in Not everyone is welcoming and Red's experiences as a wishtree are important than ever Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan is one of the finest books I’ve ever read Not one of the finest children’s book Not one of the finest illustrated book — although the drawings are breathtaking No one of the finest books period I have harangued countless adults to please please give Ivan a chanceSo it pains me to say that Wishtree is no The One and Only Ivan Yes as is in Applegate’s 2013 Newbery Medal winner Wishtree has an important message We should accept people even if they’re different and get to know them before we judge them But whereas a gorilla as narrator worked so perfectly in The One and Only Ivan Red the oak tree as narrator seems twee And who is the audience for this book? The message as portrayed in the book is probably too subtly expressed for most 8 to 9 year olds to follow but too heavy handed for adults even kid lit lovers like myselfIn the interest of full disclosure I received this book from NetGalley Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Feiwel Friends in exchange for an honest review Five enthusiastic stars for this sweet beautiful heartwarming story It’s charming and funny and big hearted and touching and imparts a lovely and timely message without it being saccharine or manipulative I loved every page Beautiful uniue touching But most of all real It's just what I needed to read today this week this yearRereading and loving Red's voice Wise and gentle When bad things happen he's learned you have to stand tall and reach deep Beautiful story about family and community Delightful I love that our protagonist is a tree and we see the world through the eyes of this still giant I loved Katherine's descriptions of leaves and branches moving in the wind and the interplay of animals Trees our planets memories They are also the planets lungs They help to cool us down and bring beauty to us So yes I love the tree at the center of the story The tree watches the lives of those around it animals and humans We meet many of the animals The story really revolves around Samar a girl who is a muslim who moves into this neighborhood Now this neighborhood is a collection of many different types of people and races and skins It has been very opening but for reasons of the political mood of the country the muslims aren't popular in this place Someone carves the word 'LEAVE' into the tree and the family feels a little nervous and afraid Samar makes a wish on this special wishing tree that she wants a friend She is very lonely So the tree who normally just holds the wishes begins to make plans using the animals to get Samar to interact with other people It really is a fantastic story It's heartwarming and the writing is wonderful She captures what it would be like to be a tree The beginning starts a little slow but it works up to a fantastic ending It's a nice short and sweet read for middle grades and above Wishtree

About the Author: Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan winner of the 2013 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 the award winning Home of the Brave continues to be included on state reading lists summer reading lists and class reading listsKatherine has written three picture

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