Article Title



Aubrey Parry


Outstanding, Intermediate, Friendship, Tolerance, Tree, Perseverance

Document Type

Book Review


Red, a big oak tree, shares its experiences when 10-year-old Samar and her family move into one of the houses right next to it. Samar is a quiet Muslim girl who enjoys coming to sit by Red every night, and Red likewise enjoys her company, which is rare for a tree. One day, however, a mysterious boy carves the word “leave” in Red’s trunk. Red describes how many people assume it was directed toward Samar’s family. So when Samar leaves a wish for a friend on Red’s branches, he feels compelled to help her get her wish. Eventually Red succeeds in helping Samar find a friend, teaching the community all about acceptance and learning to love others who may be different from them.