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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Subjects
Genres
Christmas fiction
Fiction
Juvenile works
Picture books
Christmas stories
Children's stories
Published
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm + 12 punch-out cards
Audience
Ages 4-8.
ISBN
0062747169
9780062747167
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