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wishtree book

One Book, One School

  • The entire Parkwood community will read Wishtree by Katherine Applegate during a scheduled two and a half week period (March 9-25). Sections will be assigned every day, with discussion questions provided.  Assigned chapters/ pages should take approximately 15-20 minutes to read each day. One Book, One School is intended to be a school-wide family engagement activity that happens at home with supplemental activities at school, including library lessons. 

    Wishtree is the story of Red, the oak tree who has been a part of his neighborhood for generations. Someone has carved the word LEAVE on his trunk; a message meant for the newest Muslim family that has just moved in. Red believes if he can help build a friendship between Samar, and a boy from her school that lives next door he can bring the neighborhood together and make a wish come true.  Through the eyes of Red and his animal friends the community comes together by realizing who you are or where you come from, should never be a barrier to being included.

    Our goal is to build a platform for conversations within our school community focused on race and equity.  We are hoping to involve our families in a depper, more authentic dialogue by reading together.

    Funded by a generous grant from Parkwood PTA all families will recieve a book (Spanish copies available).


    Feb 24th - 28th: Promotion of program, library lessons - vocabulary, book trailer

    March 2-6th - Books will be distributed at conferences to families

    March 9th - 25th:  Start reading book. Reading schedule and discussion questions available at above link and will be provided in book.  Trivia questions will be done daily for prizes!  

    Members of the community (Mayor, Superintendent) will be filmed reading sections of the book available online.  This will also be shown during lunchtime each day at school. Link will be available soon.


    Comments or questions please send to amanda.workman@shorelineschools.org