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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

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Title: Wishtree

Author: Katherine Applegate

Published: 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: 3rd–5th Grade

Blurb (from goodreads):
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 Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.
My Scores:

Writing Style: Solid

I adore the way this book was written. While it’s true that the majority of sentences were simple and straight-forward (because it’s 3rd to 5th grade), each one was crafted to perfection.

Through there simplicity, each idea presented carried so much weight.

For example: 
"Hollows are proof that something bad can become something good with enough time and care and hope."

"It is a great gift indeed to love who you are."

There are also quite a few scientific words I hadn’t heard before spread throughout the book, such as 'corvids' and 'crepuscular.' 

Characters: Memorable

In this book, the MC is a tree named Red. One would suppose that because of this the character wouldn’t take an active role in the plot. The MC would merely be a candid observer. However, you would be wrong.

There is magic in this book, where trees and animals can communicate to one another. Because of this communication, the MC is able to take a more active role in the story, which I loved watching unfold.

Not to mention that Red reminded me so much of my best friends that it was impossible for me not to instantly love the character. Red is thoughtful, considerate, empathetic, and had a wonderful sense of self-deprecating humor.

For example: 

"I think Bongo is too pessimistic for such a young bird. Bongo thinks I’m too optimistic for such an old tree."

"So many wishes. Grand and goofy, selfish and sweet. It’s an honor, all the hopes bestowed upon my tired old limbs. Although by the end of May Day, I look like someone dumped a huge basket of trash on top of me."

I found the supporting characters, such as a crow named Bongo and the human children Samar and Stephen, to be endearing as well. They felt real to me, and I cared about them the same way the MC cared about them.

Plot: Slow Burn

The plot is a slow burn in the best kind of way. It takes its time developing personalities and providing a background into their lives so the audience could better appreciate them. This approach reminded me a lot of Charlotte’s Web and Secret Garden.

Overall: Obsessed
I love this book. It was such a joy to read. Anyone would be able to appreciate it, not just the kids. I just wish it were a little longer, but I never want to good book to end. :)

Extra Notes:
The artwork! I could stare these drawings for days. They are by far the best I’ve ever seen in a chapter book.

Preservation of the environment.
Tolerance of those who are different from you.
Never let your circumstances define who you are.

Similar Books:
Peter Rabbit
Charlotte’s Web
Secret Garden

Goodreads Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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