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"A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences"--
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
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250143037
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Second Grade/Third Grade -- Level O

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree" who watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

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cmlibrary_ecrites Nov 07, 2017

A beautifully told story about inclusion and acceptance. The idea of using a tree as the narrator for this story is inspired. I found myself thinking about all the times that it has seen this situation play out with different labels attached to the people involved. The time for this book is absol... Read More »

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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!

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.

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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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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