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"A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences"--
Published: New York :, Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250043221
Branch Call Number: J APP
Characteristics: 215 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Santoso, Charles - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Wish tree


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Staff Recommendation--Historical Fiction/Fantasy. A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences.

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JCLAnneG Sep 17, 2020

A low fantasy about an anthropomorphic tree (which is the first I've seen since The Giving Tree I believe) telling a moving and thoughtful story of friendship and the immigration experience. I love Applegate's easy-to-connect-to writing, and this is another winner from her.

Jul 08, 2020

a wonderful story that really digs deep.

CCPL_Teens May 20, 2020

This is a very cute and pure novel that delivers deep, intense themes. There are many layers to this novel, and the layers build as the story goes on. Red’s outsider perspective points out bad behavior in humans, and still guides the reader through a lighthearted story of friendship and love.

jcljessicaj Apr 23, 2020

I've shared this book with so many people. This is the first book I've ever read told from the perspective of a tree and what they see. It makes you wonder at the true life of nature and how we really are all connected.

ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 05, 2020

Narrated by a wise old oak tree (Red) this terrific story for grades 3-5 was the first book in the Koelbel Junior Chapter Book book group. We agreed it was gentle, complex, realistic fiction with several profound themes. This book would be especially appropriate for sensitive children. Themes included: friendship, immigration, prejudice, self acceptance. Another theme that runs throughout is the capacity for both competition and cooperation that exists in all of nature, including humans. "Wishtree" will introduce young readers to new vocabulary and interesting facts about animals and plants, all done with subtlety and humor.

Nov 10, 2019

Grades 3-7

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.

May 23, 2019

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

Apr 04, 2019

This is a LWSD battle of the books book!

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ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 05, 2020

Animals compete for resources, just like humans. They eat one another. They fight for dominance. Nature is not always pretty or fair or kind. But sometimes surprises happen. And Samar, every spring night, reminded me there is beauty in stillness and grace in acceptance. And that you're never too old to be surprised. Pg. 30

ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 05, 2020

Different languages, different food, different customs. That's our neighborhood: wild and tangled and colorful. Like the best kind of garden. pg. 54


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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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