Nov 30

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

by Shel Silverstein


Picture 1Children’s Fiction
Ages 6-10
First Published in 1964
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

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Book Cover Synopsis:

“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy. So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree and the tree gave and gave.

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

bunnyWhy I love The Giving Tree:

The Giving Tree is my absolute favourite children’s book. Its a children’s book, but it’s content is sophisticated and will touch the heart of any adult.

It is a love story between a boy and a tree. The tree possesses unconditional love for a young boy, and the boy, like all of us, grows up and wants more and more from life and the tree. With its simple black and white drawings, The Giving Tree is extremely moving and has powerful messages relating to the environment and the nature of love.

When my mother read The Giving Tree to my sister for the first time, she ended up in tears. It is a heartbreaking, but beautifully told story, that gently teaches us valuable life lessons.

This is the most powerful children’s book I’ve ever read. It would be perfect as a gift or as a teacher’s resource.

x Julie

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  1. farhaan says:

    good book but i dont understand that the boy get everything the tree had and the boy gave nothing in his life to the tree

  2. Jamaal says:

    . If I remember cretocrly, Shel Silverstein was one of that group with Marlo Thomas and all the Free to be You and Me people. He was in good company. It is possible that he believed that his story was about unconditional love. I think that is why it appeals to most people. There is something wonderful about the idea of a love that keeps on giving. The problem is that it’s a lie. The tree gave up things essential to her well being and life itself–appropriate in a situation where martyrdom is called for but not in one where a person (or tree) is being taken advantage of. I see the end of the book as a picture of despair. Of course, Shel Silverstein presents it as a picture of love. A big difference. And that’s the problem. I think it’s a great book for teaching kids about boundaries and when it is and is not loving to give.And my kids love love love the Little Red Hen especially when read by their Paka.