The Resource Wishtree, Katherine Applegate ; illustrated by Charles Santoso

Wishtree, Katherine Applegate ; illustrated by Charles Santoso

Label
Wishtree
Title
Wishtree
Statement of responsibility
Katherine Applegate ; illustrated by Charles Santoso
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences"--
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2017.
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2018.
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland), Grades 4-6, 2019.
  • E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, Middle Reader (formerly Indies' Choice Book Awards, Middle Reader), 2018.
Review
  • Grades 4-7 /* Starred Review */ Just a tree, huh? Beloved author and Newbery winner Applegate returns with a moving tale starring, of all things, an oak tree. Red has stood her ground for more than a century, watching over the houses in her neighborhood and befriending the animals that call her hollows home. Each May, her branches are strung with wishes, a tradition stemming from an Irish immigrant who once lived on the property. Red sees all, including an act of hate—the word leave scrawled into her trunk, aimed at new renters, a Muslim family. After so many years of keeping quiet, Red and the animals take action, aiming to connect Samar, a young Muslim girl, with her neighbor Stephen. Meanwhile, Red’s owner considers cutting her down. Short chapters and a slim word count widen the audience of this beautiful tale. In less capable hands, the subject matter could come across as moralizing, but by introducing a charming cast of critters—opossums, birds, squirrels, and so on—Applegate adds levity, humor, and balance. Though the story’s happy ending is predictable, not all is wrapped in a tidy bow. Hate and prejudice still exist in Samar and Stephen’s world, as in our own. Timely, necessary, and brimming with heart. -- Barnes, Jennifer (Reviewed 7/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 21, p61)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 4–8—Newbery Award—winning author Applegate meets high expectations in this tale told by a tree named Red, a red oak who is "two hundred and sixteen rings old." Touching on religious bigotry and the environment, Applegate keeps the emphasis on her characters, the many animals and birds who find shelter in the tree's branches all year round. (All the birds and animals have names and the power to talk, just like Red.) Around the first of May, people write down their wishes on pieces of cloth and hang them from the tree's branches, giving Red a special place in the community. The pacing starts out slowly, with early chapters focused almost entirely on the natural world, but eventually readers meet the human at the novel's center. Samar, a recent Muslim refugee, is lonely and in need of a friend. A nameless boy uses the tree to convey hateful messages to Samar and her family. The owner of the tree is tired of roots in the plumbing and hopes all the nastiness will disappear if the tree is cut down, having forgotten the story of her ancestors and the beginning of all the wishes. Red decides to intervene and ask for help from the animals and birds. Even those who shy away from books with talking animals will find this believable fantasy elegant and poignant. Widening the appeal is a sparse word count, making this a great choice for a family or classroom read-aloud and an inviting option for reluctant readers. VERDICT Another stunning effort from Applegate. This thoughtful read is a top choice for middle graders.—Carol A. Edwards, formerly at Denver Public Library --Carol A. Edwards (Reviewed 06/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 6, p84)
  • /* Starred Review */ The simplicity of Newbery Medalist Applegate’s graceful novel contrasts powerfully with the prejudice it confronts. Narration comes from Red, an enormous red oak near an elementary school that also serves as a “wishtree” for the neighborhood—once a year, residents deposit wishes in Red’s branches and hollows. Though trees aren’t supposed to talk to humans, Red cares for them deeply, especially when a lonely girl named Samar and her Muslim family move into the neighborhood and receive a chilly, then hostile, reception: a boy carves “Leave” into Red’s trunk, and the family endures taunts and other abuses. “I love people dearly,” Red muses. “And yet. Two hundred and sixteen rings, and I still haven’t figured them out.” Applegate creates strong parallel between these threats and those that Red faces, as neighborhood matriarch Francesca contemplates cutting the tree down. As tension escalates in both the natural and human realms, Red’s openhearted voice and generosity of spirit bring perspective gained over centuries of observation. It’s a distinctive call for kindness, delivered by an unforgettable narrator. Art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. Illustrator’s agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates. (Sept.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 07/10/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 28, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Generations of human and animal families grow and change, seen from the point of view of the red oak Wishing Tree that shelters them all. Most trees are introverts at heart. So says Red, who is over 200 years old and should know. Not to mention that they have complicated relationships with humans. But this tree also has perspective on its animal friends and people who live within its purview—not just witnessing, but ultimately telling the tales of young people coming to this country alone or with family. An Irish woman named Maeve is the first, and a young 10-year-old Muslim girl named Samar is the most recent. Red becomes the repository for generations of wishes; this includes both observing Samar's longing wish and sporting the hurtful word that another young person carves into their bark as a protest to Samar's family's presence. (Red is monoecious, they explain, with both male and female flowers.) Newbery medalist Applegate succeeds at interweaving an immigrant story with an animated natural world and having it all make sense. As Red observes, animals compete for resources just as humans do, and nature is not always pretty or fair or kind. This swiftly moving yet contemplative read is great for early middle grade, reluctant or tentative readers, or precocious younger students. A deceptively simple, tender tale in which respect, resilience, and hope triumph. (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2017)
Assigning source
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10563334
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Applegate, Katherine
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 590L
  • Decoding demand: 94 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 80 (high)
  • Structure demand: 88 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 8
Reading level
4.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Santoso, Charles
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Toleration
  • Trees
  • Crows
  • Wishes
  • Friendship
  • Toleration
  • Trees
  • Crows
  • Wishes
  • Friendship
  • Toleration
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Wishtree, Katherine Applegate ; illustrated by Charles Santoso
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1856431
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
215 pages
Isbn
9781250043221
Lccn
2016058768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781250043221
  • (OCoLC)964329374
Label
Wishtree, Katherine Applegate ; illustrated by Charles Santoso
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1856431
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
215 pages
Isbn
9781250043221
Lccn
2016058768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781250043221
  • (OCoLC)964329374

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