IMWAYR: An Unlikely (Perfect) Pair

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I read two books today that have been on my list recently: Where Oliver Fits, by Cale Atkinson, and Nothing Rhymes With Orange, by Adam Rex. While I didn’t mean for it to happen, I recommend these two as a pair for reading aloud to children. 

Where Oliver Fits is the story of a puzzle piece trying to find his perfect place. He is blue, orange, and round, and everywhere he looks, it seems that he will not be able to fit in. Oliver thought that he should change. Maybe he should be more red, more square, or more fancy. He changed until “he was nowhere to be seen.” The reader wonders (and discovers) that maybe Oliver will find the perfect fit — some day, some way.

Nothing Rhymes With Orange is a long poem-in-progress. Of course, the reader already knows that nothing rhymes with orange. So how can Orange fit in to the poem? As Orange moves from page to page, trying to get out of the way, he realizes that he’s meant to be alone. But, alas! He is a fruit. Could that help matters?

After reading these titles back-to-back, I realized that neither book should be read alone. Read them together to find the deeper enjoyment (and meaning) of the texts. These two are an unlikely, perfect pair!

 

 

 

IMWAYR: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

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I finally got a chance to read Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. I loved all of her past stories, and this new title did not disappoint. I highly recommend you gather a copy with your fall leaf collection (the book comes out on September 26), sit under a nice warm blanket — under a favorite tree — and read all night long.  I read this book in one sitting, and I think you will, too.

Wishtree has been around for over 200 years, and in that time she has seen many changes in the lives of the animals and the humans who surround her. Every May Day (May 1st) people come from all around to tie pieces of cloth with written wishes on the tree. It’s a tradition that Wishtree enjoys, until one day, a young male comes and changes the tree’s life, and the lives of all who live nearby. Wishtree decides that maybe wishes should come true — she’s an optimist, you see; but the animals who live in her hollows disagree. With the help of her best friend, a crow named Bongo, and 2 school children, Wishtree provides more to the neighborhood than even she realized she could. This is a beautiful story of hope, friendship, and acceptance, told by a tree. And what a story it is!

 

Add this title to your TBR list now, so you don’t forget. Enjoy your back-to-school reading!

Wishtree book cover picture by Goodreads.

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