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The Wishing Tree

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  185 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
An out-of-season mockingbird, a convincingly intelligent tabby, a cryptic lady, and a special park tree.... tantalize a sister and brother into setting out upon ethereal adventures. (1980)

Another out-of-print masterpiece by America's story-creating wizard of the 1970s & 1980s, Ruth Chew.
Paperback, 142 pages
Published 1981 by Scholastic Book Services (first published September 1st 1980)
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Jul 03, 2015 C. rated it really liked it
The Wishing Tree”, 1980, is among Ruth Chew’s stories that I enjoyed best. It doesn’t contain intrusive parent figures. For instance, they care for a cat until they know if he belongs with anyone else and may keep him, if he doesn’t. These children, Peggy & Brian are able to freely go to a park, as everyone was in the 1980s, providing they were home before dark. You made a deal with your parents concerning your whereabouts and they trusted you to return. You couldn’t be contacted until you ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Ivy rated it really liked it
I love this book. It was one of the few books I read over and over again. It's too bad it's not in print anymore, but it makes me all the more glad that I saved my copy.
Crystal Allen
Aug 14, 2013 Crystal Allen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidsfiction
Ruth Chew was one of my favorite authors during my childhood. I have fond memories of reading her Witch books. They fostered my love for children's literature.
May 16, 2010 Rochelle rated it it was amazing
Ruth Chew never disappoints. Great little book for a second or third grader. I wish they would put these back in print.
Apr 04, 2007 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Oh how I devoured Ruth Chew's books as a kid! They were so magical. A magic tree takes two children to faraway worlds.
Oct 21, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fiction, 2012
Nice chapter book for 2nd or 3rd grade.

Peggy and her brother Brian discover odd things happening around a tree in the park only to discover the tree has the ability to transport them to another world and make things spoken in its midst come true. Literally.

May 15, 2011 Cate rated it liked it
I loved this book when I was 8, and going back to it I still really enjoyed it. It marks my first encounter with the word "waterlogged," but upon rereading I was left very dissatisfied with the ending--it didn't tie up the loose ends it created.
May 25, 2007 Tortla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chidderbooks, dragons
I read this book when I was a little 'un many-a-time. It was always entertaining. I think I've read most of the books by this author, but I know for sure that I started with this one.
Jun 29, 2007 HeavyReader rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kids who like adventure stories
Another in a long line of Ruth Chew witch stories, but I can't remember the particulars of this one. My sister could probably tell you all about it.
Sep 17, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok
I wonder if this was the book that got me thinking about a different world being behind the full length mirror in our bathroom. :)
Aug 18, 2010 Shanna rated it really liked it
It was good, but not great. Interesting enough for a kid's book.
Dec 20, 2013 Mell rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, for-kids
This was a fun read from early junior high. Had a unique plot.
Jun 10, 2009 Annehobdy rated it it was ok
It was kind of for little kids
Jun 24, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
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Feb 06, 2012 Owen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Max, anyone
Recommended to Owen by: Mom
Shelves: 6-years-old
I like the end.
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Ruth Chew is the author of a number of popular books for young readers, including Secondhand Magic and The Wednesday Witch. She was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Washington, D.C. She studied art at the Corcoran School of Art and worked as a fashion artist. She was the mother of five children.
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