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"A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences"-- Provided by publisher
An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250043221
Characteristics: 215 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Santoso, Charles - Illustrator


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ArapahoeRead Nov 09, 2018

This is a charming little book that promotes inclusivity in a nice way. I particularly enjoyed the tree narrator's voice and the details about how animals name themselves. Highly recommended!

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 02, 2018

Another exceptionally wise yet simple children’s novel from the Newbery Award-winning author of *The One and Only Ivan*. Applegate tells the story of an American community through the point of view of a 200-year-old red oak tree, Red. While that might seem like an odd idea, Applegate brings it off in a gentle way. Red knows the stories of the early Irish families, then the Italian families who moved into the neighborhood and who were yelled at by the Irish. Of course the Irish and the Italians eventually intermarried and just became “Americans.” One of those long-ago neighbors started a custom of hanging written wishes on the tree every May 1st. The tree had no power to grant wishes, of course, but the custom helped to bring the neighborhood together every year.

Now a new family has moved in, a Muslim family with a grade-school daughter named Samar. Like the generations of people before her, she has a wish: “for a friend.” Some people only drive by her house with hate and some boy has actually carved the word “Leave” into the tree’s bark; but the tree and the animals in the tree appreciate Samar and want to help her. The words of the story are simple but the story is deep. If you really believe that “Love your neighbor” is an important task in life, please read this book to your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

ArapahoeMarcia Aug 07, 2018

A beautifully written book about inclusivity. The dedication says it all: "For newcomers and for welcomers."

Aug 02, 2018

This is a thoughtful story of acceptance and immigration with a gripping plot. The narrator is a large, old oak, perfect for telling stories. It is a story that makes you imagine. Can a tree actually speak? Where does the reality we know end, and a different world begin?

Jul 07, 2018

I actually had to read this book going into 8th grade. I thought it was a phenomenal story! But I thought that the reading level was for children in elementary school not middle school.

BelieveN398_2 Jun 28, 2018

This beautifully written book is about friendship, acceptance and community. It would make a wonderful read-aloud and evoke great discussions.

Apr 18, 2018

What a wonderful book! The stories that an old oak tree could tell. Something so simple and rooted to a community has many observations. A must read for children of all ages!

YLPLchildrens Mar 26, 2018

Katherine Applegate has crafted a lovely story with humorous and poignant moments. Told by Red, a witty, philosophizing, but above all, caring oak tree, this moving tale encourages kindness and being welcoming towards strangers. At times, I chuckled. At times, I had a lump in my throat.

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