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The Wish Tree

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,027 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Chronicle Books
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I love stories like this.
1, it’s set in a snow filled wonderland,
2 the protagonist declares they want something odd or strange that isn’t tangible, in this case a Wish Tree,
3 the other people say you can’t do that or it isn’t there
4 most IMPORTANTLY, the character doesn’t believe them and sets out anyway.
5 there is a journey, usually filled with Heart where they help others along the way,
6 all seems lost
7 The wish is granted.

I love the artwork in this book. I love that the child calls th
Prabhjot Kaur
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Charles wants to find a wish tree but his siblings tell him that there's no such thing. Charles and his toboggan which he calls Boggan believe that surely there is such a thing and start the journey to find it. On the way Charles and Boggan sing along and follow each other and they come across various animals doing different thing.

Charles gets tired and falls asleep. When Charles wakes up, it's snowing and also finds the wishing tree and all the animals sitting together having a feast. Charles w
Sweet, quiet story of a young boy looking for a wish tree. Though he walks all day, he doesn't find it. He does, however, help a number of animals and their families haul berries and other forage home with his toboggan. ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
the art work was lovely, delicate was used in a previous review and that word is perfect. I thought the story just a bit confusing close to the end. I adored how his friend was the toboggan.
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THE WISH TREE is the type of book I would share with young children at reading time. You should note though that it is written at the middle-2nd Grade reading level and there is also a AR test available for it. So it can be used as a practice reader. [Accelerated Reader 2.4 --Quiz #186017 ]

I thought this was a very attractive brook. The cover is lovely and the inside art features adorable animals. There's red squirrels, bear and cub, beaver, birds, foxes, owls, and mice and they ar
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways.

The colors used in this book was my favorite! The light wintery tones of purples, blues, and reds were gorgeous! Any books illustrated with foxes--send my way, they are the cutest animals! I enjoyed this sweet story as well and I liked
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute story, cute characters, cute illustrations!
All about this cute book is cute!
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Picture-Book Readers Looking for Fantastic Wintry Tales
Ignoring the naysaying of his brother and sister, Charles heads out into the woods one wintry day, together with Boggan, his reliable sled, to hunt for the Wish Tree. The two encounter many animals along the way, always stopping to help them with their tasks, and when they finally do find what they are seeking, Charles' wish is granted. The story concludes with a beautiful (view spoiler), and Charles and Boggan head home...

A lovely little winter fantasy, The Wish T
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents of preschoolers
Recommended to Relyn by: no idea
This was a super sweet little story with wonderful illustrations. I think it would be a hit with little listeners. I might try it as a read aloud with my Kindergarteners.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Gentle and sweet.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some maths work here, absolutely love the illustrations but the story accompanying them was so². 5 for the beautiful, perfect for the season illustrations and 2⅔ for the story, overall - 4¾°c
With its delicate and intricate digital illustrations and tender message about believing in something when no one else seems to, this picture book just might steal its way into readers' hearts. During the winter, Charles is determined to find a wish tree, His siblings are disinterested and tell him there are no wish trees. With his reliable friend, Boggan, a toboggan, he sets forth on his quest anyway. As they wander through the woods, they offer help to various animals, who, in turn, bring him ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Young Charles and Boggan head out in search of a wish tree. His siblings say there is no such thing, but Charles believes. They scour the country side, helping squirrels, beavers and many others along the way. As nightfall nears, Charles becomes tired and Charles can no longer search. Boggan carries him, while the animals pull them along. Snow appears, and so does a wish tree!

An imaginative story of a boy who believes and perseveres on his quest to find a wish tree. It’s filled with delightful w
Ebony Rae
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Wish Tree is Sweet and soothing , completely entrancing , and with a wonderful and subtle moral, about kindness and helping others. BEAUTIFUL illustrations that interact and balance perfectly with the words of the story <3 I got to read this story as a catch-up assignment with a student (I'm a TA:). A part of the project was a worksheet with comprehensive questions from the story. One question was "What do you think Charles (the protagonist) wished for?" my student was completely floored by ...more
Charles is on a mission to find the wish tree even though his brother and sister both doubt one exists. He spends the day outside with his toboggan helping forest animals carry various loads of materials and just when he runs out of energy to finish his quest, he finds that the forest animals return the many favors Charles did them by pulling his toboggan to the wish tree and preparing a feast for all to share.

A sweet story with a lovely ending all imagined in delightfully snowy digital illustra
Viviane Elbee
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I loved the illustrations in this book, and I loved the idea of this mysterious "wish tree."
My kids also liked this story.
Noelia Alonso
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
The artwork is what made me buy this. It is beautifully delicate.
Liz Todd
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A special, special book. Beautiful and genuine. What was his wish? I wonder!
Seema Rao
A wonderful, and perhaps imaginative, day that a young boy has with his toboggan and a forest full of animals. A scene of a winter's forest feast is a particular highlight. ...more
Devon Ashby
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love all books that end with a surprise party especially when it involves forest creatures. Also loved the maplike, scrolling lines the toboggan made in the snow and liked its name was Boggan.
Nory M.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charles and Boggan set off to look for a wish tree. On their journey they find some animal friends that need help for the winter.

This is a very cute tale about friendship, and how giving to others can take us right where we want to be. It's a perfect read for caretakers and children to share during the Holidays or any other day of the year. We can and should always talk to children (and adults, if we have the chance) about the importance of helping each other.

I really enjoyed the book and look
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"La-di-da-di-da-di-daaaa," sang Charles.

"Whishhhhh," sang Boggan.

From the time I first read a picture book written by Kyo Maclear- I believe it was Spork a number of years ago!- I have been a major fan of her work. Every time I hear or see the news that the author has a new book out, it is immediately added to my must-read list. The Wish Tree- written by Kyo, and the illustrative debut of Chris Turnham- was, of course, included right away on my reading list! Now, in the interest of full disclosu
Cindy Hudson
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One day a boy named Charles sets off with his sled named Boggan to find a wish tree. His sister and brother say there’s no such thing, but he’s certain it exists.

As Charles sets off on his adventure he sings a little song and Boggan sings his own song while swishing through the snow. Together they search up on the top of a hill, through the forest, over a pond, and all through a meadow before they find what they are looking for. Along the way they meet and help out lots of animals that live in t
Alex  Baugh
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Even though his older brother and sister told Charles there was no such thing as a wish tree, he was still determined to find it. With the whole day ahead of him and armed with his trusty sled, Boggan, Charles goes off to the woods to find the wish tree. Along the way, he meets a squirrel who needs help getting his hazelnuts to his home, a beaver who needs help getting wood his lodge, a fox who needs to get berries to her burrow, and a whole bunch of other woodland creatures needing help. Charle ...more
Olivia barnett
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear is a contemporary realistic fiction children's book. This book could have a wide age range of readers from 3 years old up through elementary. This a simple sweet story that embodies the holiday spirit without any typical christmas celebrations. Charles decided he wanted to find a wish tree so e take is boggan on a journey to find one. On their journey they come across multiple animals that need help, so he helps them. His day continues and he helps more and more anim ...more
Miya Gaub
Mar 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-fun
In general, I was confused by this story. The author never makes it clear what a wish tree is or how a child would go about looking for one. The beginning of the story shows a child named Charles who wants to find a wish tree in the forest. The idea of a wish tree sounds positive and encouraging. However, the siblings in the story do not believe in wish trees, leading me to believe that a wish tree is not something that actually exists in nature. Also, Charles has a sled named Boggan. The author ...more
Storytime With Stephanie
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Did you have a special tree growing up? We did, in fact each of us had one tree on our property that we considered ours. A place we would climb in and play under. That's why I love The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear. It was a reminder for me of days spent high up in the branches wishing and imagining.
One day Charles and Boggan set out to find a wish tree. They went up and down together and along the way saw many different animals in need of help but no wish tree. They took the time to help the animals
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Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Absolutely charming illustrations, with a retro vibe and a lovely color palette. The Wish Tree is a story about believing. Little Charles sets out to find the magical wish granting tree in the forest, regardless of what his brother and sister tell him about the impossibility of such a tree. He follows his own path with the help of his friend Boggan, because no map needed to follow your heart, and helps various little creatures along the way. When sunlight wanes, and he begins to feel that perhap ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
The wish Tree is a very interesting book and I truly enjoyed reading it. Charles is on the hunt of the wish tree with his good friend Boggan. Although, his siblings assure him theres no thing Charles does one thing. He never stops believing in his idea regardless of what everyone else thinks. That is a great message to send out to young audience. Never stop believing in your ideas or beliefs regardless of what others think. The friends come across different things on their journey but, you have ...more
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Kyo Maclear is a children’s author, novelist and essayist. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four.

Kyo is the author of several critically-acclaimed children’s books including: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012), both illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault; Mr. Flux (2013), illustrated by Matte Stephens; Julia, Child (2014), illustrated by Julie Morstad; The Specific

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