The Wishing Tree

Meika Hashimoto

Book - 2021

"A powerful wish and a magical tree. December 25 is around the corner but Theo hasn't seen any signs of Christmas in his town. No twinkling lights. No merry carolers. Theo wants to know : Don't people love Christmas anymore? With a little help from a magical tree, Theo makes a wish -- and soon he has his answer. Write down your Christmas wishes on the on the twelve punch-out cards included -- and you can make your own Wishing Tree, just like Theo!" --

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Christmas fiction
Juvenile works
Picture books
Christmas stories
Children's stories
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2021]
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm + 12 punch-out cards
Ages 4-8.
Main Author
Meika Hashimoto (author)
Other Authors
Xindi Yan (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

After realizing his town is devoid of Christmas spirit three days before the holiday, Theo, a Black child with dark curls, writes down "just one wish" to Santa. As he sleeps, the letter journeys "across frozen seas/ and stormy deserts" before reaching the North Pole. The next morning, a mysterious great pine labeled "Property of the North Pole" drops a response letter into Theo's hands saying "bring joy," setting off a chain of cheer-bringing events with Theo at the center as he partakes in traditional Christmas activities, such as hanging string lights and caroling with his neighbors. Yan's sweeping digital brushstrokes, depicting a township of varying ages, abilities, body types, and skin tones, add an animation-like layer of depth and texture to Hashimoto's lightly magical, community-centered tale. Back matter punch-out cards encourage readers to write their own wishes. Ages 4–8. (Sept.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Determined to show his town what Christmas is all about with a little help from a magical wishing tree, Theo discovers the true meaning of Christmas and a new holiday tradition. 35,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After reading this charming, festive story, kids can join in a fun Christmas tradition and place their own wishes to Santa on a wishing tree using the punch-out cards in the back of this book.

A powerful wish and a magical tree…

Theo loves everything about Christmas—from the twinkling lights to the merry carolers . . . and don’t forget about Santa! But with days before before December 25th, there isn’t even a single holly in sight.

Determined to show his town what Christmas is all about, Theo finds ways to share his holiday cheer. And along the way, with a little help from the magical wishing tree, Theo discovers the true meaning of Christmas and a new holiday tradition.

The Wishing Tree is a great choice for your family and sure to become a new Christmas classic. It features:

  • 12 punch-out holiday cards where readers can write their own Christmas wishes, then hang them up on their trees!
  • immersive, stunning artwork—artist Xindi Yan has created a gorgeous backdrop for Meika Hashimoto's Christmas tale
  • timeless themes of community and family