Wishtree by Katherine Applegate


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 neighborhood.You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Re...

Details Wishtree

Release DateSep 26th, 2017
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction, Animals

Reviews Wishtree

  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. A beautiful story and a poignant metaphor. 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.
  • Lola
    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 more 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 can.But the t...
  • Kate Olson
    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 more importantly, a message book. It uses the medium of a beautiful middle grade s...
  • Julie
    Wishtree is like an iceberg- small on the surface but immensely powerful underneath. This is another quietly powerful book by adored author Katherine Applegate.
  • Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
    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.
  • Ivonne Rovira
    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 chance!So it pains me to say that Wishtree is no The One and Only Ivan. Yes, as is in Applegate’s 2013 Newbery Medal winner, Wishtre...
  • Bmquiram
    Wishtree by Katherine Applegate is a great story. It reminded me of the old sayings 'If walls could talk' and ' I'd like to be a fly on their ceiling'. I won't write a synopsis because there is already one on the book and there is always plenty of reviews with summaries available. I'll just jump right to what the writing style is like. This story is very well written. There are interesting facts sprinkled within the text but it doesn't read like ...
  • Mary Ann
    Beautiful, unique, touching. But most of all, real . It's just what I needed to read today, this week, this year.Rereading and loving Red's voice. Wise and gentle. When bad things happen, he's learned you have to "stand tall and reach deep"
  • Donalyn
    Beautiful story about family and community.
  • Amina
    This is a story about how to be human, even if it's narrated by a tree who's more human than some people walking this earth.Red is a 216 years old oak tree, Red is also a wish tree. Every year on the 1st of May, people come to hang their wishes on her branches.When Samar and her muslim family move in Red's neighbourhood, some people aren't pleased and they make the new comers know they aren't welcome. But Red and her inhabitants aren't willing to...
  • Michele Knott
    Powerful, powerful book.This book needs to be read by every child, every where.
  • Bel
    Wishtree is the sort of book that is a lovely easy read, with memorable characters and a great plot, that you think about once you’ve finished it. I find myself mulling over it continuously , grateful to have read it.It is filled with wonderful lines (“It is a great gift indeed to love who you are”) and wonderful worldly wisdom, dispensed by Red, a tree with over 200 rings, a tree who is home to many critters, a tree who cares.I loved this ...
  • Ann
    As a former school librarian i must say that this book should be shared in every classroom throughout this country of ours. Applegate has created a a true gem with a special message that needs to be heard.
  • Krista Regester
    This is a quick inspirational piece from a different perspective. The way that Katherine Applegate captures nature is incredible.
  • Freckles
    - Smrdíš jako skunk!- Já jsem skunk.Vážně potřebujete další důvod, proč si to přečíst? Je to skvělý! Dozvíte se třeba to, podle čeho si vybírají jména mývalí a skunkové a stromy (kromě jedné palmy rebelky v Kalifornii - a tam je možné všechno) a taky to, že stromy ve skutečnosti mluví. A taky že kvůli nim můžete brečet. Krásný ❤ - Smrdíš jako skunk!- Já jsem skunk.Vážně potřebujete další důvo...
  • Jessica
    Lovely story about a tree that watches over a neighborhood, and holds the wishes of the community in her branches. But when a very special child makes a wish, the tree decides to actually reach out and make that wish happen. Charming and timely.
  • Mary Lee
    Right story at the right time. Pair with COME WITH ME.
  • Vivek Tejuja
    You need to read books for children. I think that because sometimes profundity and really how to live life is simply told in all the chaos of adult literature, only in children’s books. Whether it is, “The Giving Tree” or it is lessons learned from, “Charlotte’s Web”, books written for children are in fact meant for adults, because we need to learn how to be empathetic and compassionate, so we can pass it to kids. “Wishtree” is th...
  • Sarah
    Wishtree is the story of Red, an optimistic oak tree who is home to many wild creatures living in harmony in her branches and hollows. Every year, the residents who live nearby come to tie their wishes onto Red's branches in hopes that they will come true. One wish in particular comes from Samar, a young Muslim girl whose family is the target of a hateful act from one of their neighbors. Samar wishes for a friend, and Red, being the optimist she ...
  • Susana
    "Trees can't tell jokes. But we can certainly tell stories. And if all you hear is the whisper of leaves, don’t worry. Most trees are introverts at heart.This was all kinds of wonderful. A sweet and engaging story_ featuring a very charming Oak and his friends _ that will surely appeal to most readers.
  • Crystal
    Anyone who pretentiously states children's books can't be beautiful and profound has never read Katherine Applegate. I loved The One and Only Ivan, so was ecstatic to hear of this one. It did not dissapoint. What a beautiful book on acceptance and friendship.
  • Tereza Pecáková
    Všichni máme spoustu přání. Tajných, nevyslovených, a když tak leda šeptem. A nebo úplně obyčejných, o kterých vědí všichni. Všechny finalistky soutěží miss si přejí svět bez válek. Holčičky novou panenku, kluci auto. A nebo holky auto a kluci panenky, protože proč ne. Svými přáními a tužbami se často necháme svázat, a to je určitě i jeden z důvodů, proč si lidé vymysleli Wishtree. Česky mu tedy říkej...
  • Laura
    I almost missed out on this beautiful book. My stack of library books had grown a bit out of control and when I say “a bit” I mean like taking over the living room. Soooo... I *sighed*, bowed my head in defeat, and accepted that many of the books had to go back unread. BUT at the last minute I snagged this little gem off the top of the “return” pile to read. And I am so happy I did!A giant wishtree named Red guides us through this sweet s...
  • Laura
    This is a wonderful book with an inclusive and timely message. Artists have been taking their broken hearts and turning them into art for over a year now, and I suspect this book, published in 2017, was such a project. Beautifully written and illustrated, the main character is an old, glorious red oak tree that is known in the neighborhood as a wishing tree. Each May Day, people hang their wishes there and hope they will come true. This wishtree ...
  • Skip
    Better than One and Only Ivan and Crenshaw, Applegate's newest novel is narrated by a 216-ring red oak tree, named Red, where people leave their wishes. A new Muslim family moves into the neighborhood, and a young, shy girl named Samar is lonely, spending time each evening with the local wild animals who live in the tree or nearby. Samar wishes for a friend, and Red decides to get involved, especially after someone carves "Leave" on the tree. Jus...
  • debra
    3*ish The moral lessons this story delivers are all important! I was not, however, in love with the delivery. The story often seemed too simplistic, slow, and boring for the intended age group. Some of the vocabulary-e.g. "suitor" sounded somewhat off as well. The conversations of the humans, both adults and kids, were primer-like. It has been a while since I have had a lot of contact with 8-12-year old children, but I can't imagine a child of th...
  • Andy Plemmons
    Everyone needs hope. Who knew so many current topics could be brought up through the point of view of a tree. Applegate leaves the setting generic which makes it apply to almost any community with a tree and an elementary school 😁. The book is filled with community, love, hope, and the complexities that we face in our diverse world. I hope readers will take time to reflect on our world and how we can all support one another's hopes and dreams.
  • Ann
    Before I get into this very long review, I do want to state that I didn't hate the book. It's very nice, and I think would be a decent read aloud. But I keep seeing it bandied about as a possible Newbery contender, for many people the top choice, and that brings out the hyper critical in me. I found this book to be insufferably twee. It also grated on my nerves that every single non-human character was highly anthropomorphized, but were supposedl...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineRed is an oak tree who has been around for over 200 years. She has a number of animal families inhabiting her branches, along with her best friend, the crow Bongo. It is tree policy not to talk to humans, but when a boy carves "Leave" into her bark in an effort to scare off Samar's Muslim family from living in the neighborhood. The tree makes an effort to make Samar's wish come true, and employs various anim...