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–bestselling author Katherine Applegate at her very best―writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on September 26, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN-10: 1250043220
ISBN-13: 9781250043221
69 Book Reviews
  • wonderwinter
    wonderwinter11 months
    Wishtree is a touching story about a tree named Red. People call Red “Wishtree”. They make a wish and hang a cloth or even a gym sock on the tree. They believe that their wishes would come true. Im not going to spoil anything or the ending, but i hundred percent recommend reading this book if you love nature and it’s beauty. You might also love this book if you like short stories.
    • hmsoccer
      hmsoccerover 2 years
      this is a very good book
      • booksfor3ver
        booksfor3verover 2 years55 stars
        This is such a good book. Recommend it in audio form!
        • kmchaney
          kmchaneyover 2 years44 stars
          Give this book a chance. I put this down a few times but in the end it was a great read. I am considering using this as the first Read Aloud this fall. I love how Applegate uses personification to teach a beautiful message.
          • sg123
            sg123over 2 years55 stars
            I really like this book because it has a message that friendship can do anything! Red the wishtree puts other people ahead of himself and is a great friend! I recommend this to all!
            • Mridul almost 3 years
              It is amazing book all should read this book and tell to read this book. 😀other would say to author of this book that you should make more books all should clap to the author 👏👏👏😀😀 and please stay at home by the Corona Corona viral 😷😷😃😄
              • mountaingoat
                mountaingoatalmost 3 years55 starsFeatured
                There are many ways to write a book. Some write it from the perspective of an old person, and some write it from the eye of a child. Whether from the view of the old, young, girls, boys, babies, or the dead, most books are written from the perspective of people, or sometimes animals, since we are humans ourselves and understand humans and animals best. Catherine Applegate's depiction of the mind of a tree has rarely been seen before. As normal beings stroll across lawns, past tens and hundreds of trees, we all take it for granted. They are just there, born to become chairs or assistants of mother Earth, but hardly appreciated at all. There are many conservation programs that tries to save the trees that are being cut down, but they are all looked upon as objects. In Wishtree, Applegate brings life to trees, gifting the readers with an memoir of a tree as an actual independent being full of hope and life. It allows readers to gaze upon trees and see them in a whole new light, marveling at their abilities and sometimes whispering softly to them. Red, the tree, brings a new perspective into life, appreciating things that are wholesome, and making unfulfilled things whole. Applegate's simple language brings out the beauty of words, with complexity beneath seemingly easy sentences. Her words bring a stirring to the heart livening every word. It brings together the most complex of human nature, and shows the perception of it all in a simple way. The leaves rustling in the wind, the birds chirping in the bushes, we are all alive, but sometimes it is forgotten that the trees breath with us and the birds sing along our tunes. The world has been reborn in this book, and now after reading the book, everything has come alive again.
                • herminefanhd
                  herminefanhdalmost 3 years55 stars
                  This book is so inspiring, it literally brought tears to my eyes. It is so sweet to and has really funny humor mixed in. It's and must read!
                  • kiwibird
                    kiwibirdabout 3 years44 stars
                    I decided to read this book because my teacher recommended it to me as soon as I started it I knew I was going to like it. This is on of my go to books if I don't know what to read.
                    • nigokyzu-156909619474
                      nigokyzu-156909619474over 3 years55 stars
                      wish tree by Katherine Applegate is one of the best books i've read this year. i love how all the characters are loving, and kind to the wish tree, and the ending is one of favorite parts of the story, and how protective bongo is to red. my favorite characters are red, samar, and bongo. the sad part is when they start to want to cut red down. but just remeber its just a fairy tale anything can happen. because i didnt expect what happend in the story would happen. i love this book because how nice, sweet, and lovely this book is. i love how samar starts to like it there, and make friends, and how all the animals stand up for the wish tree. i recomend everyone to read this book because of all the kind, sweet and loyal characters. and thanks to the writer i have read another great and nice book this year.