Griffin Reviews ‘Wishtree’ by Katherine Applegate

Our own Bookworm Griffin wrote his review for Wishtree below, but for the more visual types, he was kind enough to do a video review as well! 

Spoiler alert. You shouldn’t read this book unless you’re prepared to cry a little. Even the hardest hearts will be warmed by the end of this touching story. It’s told from the perspective of the main character, Red, a red oak tree who is also a “wishtree.”  Once a year, people come to Red. They write their wishes on pieces of paper or fabric and tie them to Red’s branches. Then, they whisper their wish. Red listens but never responds. It’s against the rules for a tree, bush or animal to speak to a human.  And that’s okay with Red. At least until Red learns he’s going to be cut down.  Suddenly, he feels the need to fulfill a final wish, the wish of a little girl hoping to find a friend.  I won’t give away the rest, but this book makes you think a lot about kindness, acceptance and the nature of friendship. I would highly recommend this book, especially to anyone who enjoys books where joy triumphs and goodwill overwhelms. If you’ve read any of Katherine Applegate’s materials, you won’t want to miss “Wishtree.”