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 Reviewer
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • Donalyn
    Beautiful story about family and community.
  • 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...
  • 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"
  • Michele Knott
    Powerful, powerful book.This book needs to be read by every child, every where.
  • Krista Regester
    This is a quick inspirational piece from a different perspective. The way that Katherine Applegate captures nature is incredible.
  • 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 ...