WishtreeeBook - 2017
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.
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cmlibrary_mwoshner Jun 12, 2020
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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violet_cheetah_2973 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over
blue_dog_11143 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 12
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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
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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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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