A friend recently suggested a new book to me, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. Katherine Applegate is the author of the beloved book, The One and Only Ivan, which I absolutely adore so I went straight to Amazon to purchase and I am so glad I did!

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You first realize this book is narrated by a tree. A tree? Doesn’t sound super exciting, but it really is. The story is written in such a beautifully poetic way and how the author ties current events is mesmerizing and thought-provoking. The reader is left with a lot to contemplate about how we treat others, especially those that are different than ourselves.

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These lessons are so needed in classrooms today. This book is sure to hook any reader and make them think and philosophize. I highly recommend using this in your classroom!

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Wishtree is a novel that can serve as a valuable novel study resource.
  • Wishtree promotes empathy and encourages readers to see the world from different perspectives.
  • Wishtree tackles important social issues such as discrimination and tolerance, making it an educational tool for teaching these concepts.
  • Wishtree is written in a captivating and engaging style that holds the reader’s attention and keeps them invested in the story. 
  • Using Wishtree as a novel study will help improve reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.


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