I’ve decided that I’m not going to wait until Thursday anymore to post Sticky Note Reviews. I’ll post them as I read them. Maybe that will help me keep my Goodreads up to date.
It’s rare anymore that I get to read a book in a single day. I had two outings today that required sitting and waiting which provided me the opportunity to actually read a book in a day. It was nice.
I picked up Wishtree by Kathrine Applegate because I saw it on someone’s Instagram. I knew right away I wanted to read it, and as soon as I read it, I knew exactly which students I wanted to hand it to.
Here’s the premise of the story, from Amazon:
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 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.
Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and New York Times best-selling author Katherine Applegate at her very best – writing from the heart and from a completely unexpected point of view.
If you had a wishtree, what would you wish for? If I’m being open and honest, the wish I would tie to the tree would be for progeny.
If your community had a wishtree, what would you wish for? 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 #bookaday Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. She almost made me ugly cry in public. On its surface, it’s a story about a tree and its animal friends. But it’s really a story about wishing, acceptance, religious discrimination and tolerance, and friendship. I’d recommend this to any Applegate fan, including my mom, and fans of Kate diCamillo [edit: I have a particular student in mind who’s a diCamillo fan]. Applegate has create a seemingly simple story that has the potential for deep discussion. I can’t wait to put this in my students’ hands.