Wishtree

Wishtree

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250043221
Branch Call Number: APPLEGA
Characteristics: 215 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Santoso, Charles
Alternative Title: Wish tree

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crsmith2009
Aug 23, 2019

wishtree was my very first mark twain and now I am reading tons of them.

SPPL_TKBTeenChoice Jun 04, 2019

From TKB Teen Vivian: I loved the writing in this book. It's just this very calming writing and I love the way it's narrated. I enjoyed just about every part of this book.

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muffinpopcorn
May 23, 2019

Don't know what all the hype was about -- worst book I have ever read .

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mauve_bird_127
Apr 04, 2019

This is a LWSD battle of the books book!

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susan_findlay
Apr 03, 2019

Context: I read this book out loud to my 3 and 5 year old children. This was required by the 5 year old's school who were participating in an activity where every child (kindergarten to grade 12) in the school district had to read the same book. I am not the target audience and, frankly, neither are my children. They enjoyed it well enough, but they just like being read to. I could read them the phone book and they'd be happy. Most of the 'clever bits' completely flew over their head. I suspect that kids in the 8-12ish age range would be a better fit. If I was a 10 year old, I bet I would have given this book 4 stars.

So, yeah, not my cup of tea. That's not to say that it doesn't have good parts. I quite enjoyed the stories about the people surrounding the wishtree - particularly the one about Maeve and Ama. I liked Stephen and Samar and the fact that it wasn't easy to get them to interact enough to get to know each other. I also appreciate the author taking on the task of writing a book about racism that appears innocuous enough to reach the kids who really need to read a book about racism.

But a lot of it is trying too hard. To be relevant. To be quirky. To be educational.

For example...
"Hush," their mother, FreshBakedBread scolded. "It's the middle of the day. You're supposed to be asleep. You're crepuscular." Crepuscular creatures, like fireflies, bats and deer, are especially active at dusk and dawn.

If that sounds like the sort of thing you want to read, you'll enjoy this book. Personally, it pulls me out of the story and makes me wonder why the author thought that paragraph was a good idea. And it wasn't the only incidence of "look! biological vocabulary break!"

(FreshBakedBread is the name of a skunk. The author came up with a different naming convention for every species. Which sort of helped you remember which was which, but mostly felt like "look at me being quirky!" Except for the Raccoons who name all their kids You. That one I liked.)

2 stars doesn't mean it's a bad book. It's a perfectly good book. The stars represent personal enjoyment of the book. And my favourite part of reading it was snuggling with my kids. Which I'll do again tomorrow with another book.

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DT_kcls
Apr 01, 2019

I always read books before I give them to my grandchildren. Wishtree is a gentle, poignant and lyrical book. I originally thought some of the harsher themes ("LEAVE") might be too much to understand for the lower end of the age recommendation (8-10) but the beautiful way it was resolved and the fact it is so magically imagination inspiring that I changed my mind.

5 stars and an A+ for Wishtree, a lovely little book.

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jreinfried
Feb 25, 2019

I'm not crying, you're crying!

IndyPL_SarahL Feb 15, 2019

Katherine Applegate might be my favorite children's author after reading this one! Like The One and Only Ivan, the language in this book is simple yet profound. Red is a perfect protagonist and teaches readers so many valuable lessons about patience, compassion, and selflessness. Also, I loved the character dynamics we experience in the interactions between Red and their 'residents". Short, poignant, and endearing, this book is bound to be a favorite for middle grade book clubs and novel units!

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BooksRRAwesome
Jan 24, 2019

Just finished this too-short book and wished it could have gone on. If you love trees and animals, you will adore this book!! The story of inclusion within it is very nice but not what I loved most. I fell mostly for the beauty of the language and the tenderness in the book. I'm 65 and I don't think this is a children's book. It's a book that people of all ages should read! I simply cannot recommend this book enough!!

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bermudadanielle
Jan 18, 2019

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Jul 16, 2019

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Nov 26, 2018

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blue_dog_11143 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 12

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cmlibrary_jcurrie May 28, 2019

Red is an old oak tree that has lived in the same neighborhood for years. Red has seen many families come and go during that time. Red is about to be chopped down but Red wants to finish one last goal before that happens. Some new neighbors move in and not everyone is as welcoming as they should be of these different families. Red sets out to unite these families and create a friendship between them before the tree cutters get to Red.

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