By: Katherine Applegate BUY BOOK HERE

Enchanting, endearing, and healing.

Children will adore this story, but adults need to hear this story. It makes me want to go buy a tree, plant it in my yard, and designate it for wishes and hope! The perspective is told by Red, the tree, and how he uses his 216 years of wisdom to heal his neighborhood. You'll love how all the animal life get their names!!

“But sometimes things happen that aren’t so good. When they occur, I’ve learned that there’s not much you can do except stand tall and reach deep.”


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 a crow named 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 experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best―writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.

“...I didn't want to miss a moment of what little life I had left. I wanted to drink in the stars. I wanted to feel the fuzzy wings of the owlets. I wanted to stretch my roots just a tiny bit farther before the night was through. I wanted to indulge in some quiet contemplation about life and love and what it all meant... "I've been thinking... There's no point in my worrying about tomorrow. It will come soon enough.”

I don't know how Katherine Applegate does it. She writes from the perspective of a tree, a caged gorilla, and an imaginary friend that is a giant cat. Her perspective of kindness, friendship, and unity are unmatched. Don't miss these other two!

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