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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
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The Giving Tree (original 1964; edition 1964)

by Shel Silverstein

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Title:The Giving Tree
Authors:Shel Silverstein
Info:Harper & Row (1964), Paperback
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

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A classic fable to read to students would be perfect for any age. This book shows how the boy took from the tree so much that the tree finally had nothing left to give and the boy was never grateful. This book is a good read to teach students about friendship and giving. ( )
  mnh98 | Sep 18, 2018 |
This is a book that I would whip out if the kids were having trouble sharing with friends. I would read it and then open it up for a conversation about how important it is to share with our friends but also how important it is to not take too much and be greedy. I think it teaches a good lesson about that balance. There have been countless times when I have been working with kids when I hear "well you have to share with me" when it either isn't something that should be shared or they are demanding a ridiculous amount. ( )
  s_cat1 | Sep 17, 2018 |
The Giving Tree was a pretty good book. It was about a tree who loved a boy. The boy would go and visit the tree every day; they became good friends. Once the boy got older, he visited the tree less and less. One day the boy came back, but not to play; he wanted money. The tree gave him her apples to sell. The boy came back again and this time wanted a house, so the tree let him cut down her branches. Throughout the book, the tree is constantly giving the boy everything he asks for. By the end of the book, the tree has no more to give and is only a stump. The last thing the boy (now an old man) asks for is a place to sit and the tree let him sit on her stump. I thought this was a good book because it showed happiness can come in a variety of ways. For example, the tree was happy in the beginning of the book because she enjoyed playing with the boy and helping him. The boy was happy to be friends with the tree at first, but then slowly wanted other things like, money and a house which would continue to make him happy. I also liked this book because it did not rhyme like most poems do. Rather than rhyming, this book was more story like and had a beginning middle and end. For example, the boy started young, then got older and found a love interest, and lastly became an old man too tired to even stand up. ( )
  lyndseykrafft | Sep 16, 2018 |
I absolutely loved the Giving Tree for multiple reasons. For one reason, it was a great book for young kids because the language was not difficult at all. This book could also work well for students learning how to analyze a story. This book was great because it had a quick pace, and engaged the reader with illustrations as well. With there only being two characters, younger children can comprehend the book much easier. For older students, this book really pushes them to critically think about material happiness. In the story, a man depends on a tree for money, a house, and a boat. He searched for happiness from material things throughout the entire book. He ends up sad at the end of the story, even after receiving everything he wanted to buy. Children can learn in this book, that happiness is not always guaranteed, especially though material or physical things (like money, a house, or a boat).

This book was very imaginative, as the tree was talking and having a conversation with the man in the story. ( )
  LaurieIrons | Sep 16, 2018 |
This book is great to teach kids about giving and taking. ( )
  AshleyKramer | Sep 13, 2018 |
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Este livro é o mais conhecido do escritor e ilustrador norte-americano Shel Silverstein. O clássico, escrito em 1964, comoveu gerações com a história de uma árvore e um menino. Com poucas palavras, Silverstein fala da relação entre o homem e a natureza, onde uma árvore oferece tudo a um menino, que a deixa de lado ao crescer ao mesmo tempo que se torna num homem egoísta. Mas para agradar ao menino que ama, a generosidade desta árvore não tem fim - ainda que isto signifique a sua própria destruição. Em primeiro plano, uma lição de consciência ecológica: o homem pequeno, mesquinho, frente à generosidade e à força da natureza. No entanto, a dinâmica que vemos entre o menino e a árvore fala também da passagem do tempo e dos valores que são reavaliados com ela. A árvore ensina, por meio do afecto, uma relação de troca sincera e desinteressada - essa que o homem parece desaprender com as exigências da vida adulta. Duas fortes qualidades aliam-se neste livro. O facto de abordar questões fundamentais como o tempo, a morte, a vida, a relação amorosa e de amizade, tudo o que nos posiciona face aos outros e a nós próprios, assim como a aposta ao nível estético , na sobriedade narrativa como ilustrativa, com o traço simples e preciso de Silverstein. Shel Silverstein lança um olhar terno à arte da dádiva e ao conceito de amor incondicional no seu profundo e tocante livro infantil “A árvore generosa”. É a história sobre a relação de um menino e uma árvore. Dar ao menino tudo o que ele quer é o que faz a árvore feliz, algo que se prolonga pela vida do menino. Primeiramente, a árvore é o sítio para o rapaz brincar e comer maçãs, mais tarde é fonte de material para construir uma casa e ainda mais tarde o seu tronco serve para fazer um barco. Chegado à velhice e depois de usar tudo o que árvore tinha para dar, o que sobra é um toco. No entanto, tudo o que ele necessita nesta fase da sua vida é um sítio para se sentar e descansar, algo que um velho toco pode oferecer. As ilustrações de Silverstein são aparentemente simples – desenhos que deixam as páginas com bastante espaço em branco – cada uma demonstra a subtileza da emoção e mudança que é ao mesmo tempo cativante e básica. A perda gradual das partes da árvore é uma mensagem visual bastante forte. Na fase em que da árvore não sobra nada a não ser um toco, a ilustração acompanha na perfeição as palavras “E a árvore ficou feliz... mas não muito”. “A árvore generosa” pode ser lida e relida, pois a sua mensagem irá concerteza mudar à medida que o seu leitor cresce. Um livro que irá marcar crianças durante gerações e gerações.
— Beth Amos
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Era uma vez uma árvore... que amava um menino.”Assim começa esta comovedora história de Shel Silverstein publicada pela primeira vez em 1964, que há muito se tornou um clássico da literatura infanto-juvenil mundial. Todos os dias o menino vinha balançar-se nos seus ramos, comer as suas maçãs, subir ao seu tronco ou descansar à sua sombra e a árvore era feliz. Mas à medida que o tempo passa e o menino cresce, nada será como dantes. "Comovedora e agridoce história da desinteressada amizade de uma árvore por um ser humano.Desde a sua infância, o menino joga às escondidas com a árvore, balança-se nos seus ramos, come as suas maçãs, passando pela adolescência, quando grava no seu tronco um coração, pela maturidade em que corta os seus ramos para fazer uma casa e finalmente a velhice, que fecha o ciclo vital, onde a àrvore, que se sentia feliz em troca de nada, já lhe tinha dado tudo... Álbum pioneiro (a sua primeira edição em inglês foi publicada em 1964), assombroso pela sua economia de meios, já que a história se entende perfeitamente sem necessidade de ler o texto, só com as simples e expressivas ilustrações de traço negro sobre o branco."— Revista Babar
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"A história de Shel Silverstein toca tanto crianças como adultos com as suas mensagens de generosidade e partilha."— Los Angeles Times
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Plot Summary: The Giving Tree is about the relationship between a tree and a young boy. To make the young boy happy, the tree gives him items such as apples and braches that he can then turn into whatever he wants.

Extensions: responsibility, greed/gratefulness, universal social problems
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060256656, Hardcover)

To say that this particular apple tree is a "giving tree" is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein's popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once carved into the tree as a child that said "M.E. + T." "And then the tree was happy... but not really." When there's nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. "And the tree was happy." While the message of this book is unclear (Take and take and take? Give and give and give? Complete self-sacrifice is good? Complete self-sacrifice is infinitely sad?), Silverstein has perhaps deliberately left the book open to interpretation. (All ages) --Karin Snelson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:04 -0400)

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A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.

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