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.

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