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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree (original 1964; edition 1964)

by Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)

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Title:The Giving Tree
Authors:Shel Silverstein
Other authors:Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)
Info:Harper & Row (1964), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 64 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Children Fiction

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

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This book teaches students about sharing and caring for others. ( )
  AimeeSword | Mar 28, 2017 |
The Giving Tree is a story about both growing up, as well as the importance of giving to those in need. The story starts with a little boy who becomes friends with an apple tree, and all he asks in return is a play mate. So the boy climbs, swings, eats apples, and sleeps in the tree’s shade. As the story progresses, the boy grows up and becomes greedier. The tree is eager for companionship, and wants to see the boy happy, so she gives him her apples to sell. Then years later the boy returns as an older man who needs a house, so the tree gives him her branches to make a house with. The house was not enough, the boy now an old man wants a boat to sail away on, so the tree tells the boy to cut down her trunk and make a boat. In the end, the now very old man returns, and wants nothing more than to rest in a quiet place. So, once again the boy and the tree who is now a stump, are reunited and both are happy.

Personal Reaction:
I grew up reading Shel Silverstein, and his poems and this book in particular, have more meaning now as an adult. I know how fast time can be, especially as a parent, so reading this story now, tugs at the heart. The beauty and innocence behind this book, is something that is almost breathtaking. The moral of being a giving person and expecting nothing in return is something that as a parent, I truly understand. I would give everything to my children to see them happy. Watching them grow is both heartbreaking, as well as rewarding; much like the tree felt watching the boy grow. The illustrations are simple, yet poetic in this story, and they add an enhancement to what the written story is conveying.

Extension Ideas:
The Giving Tree, is a great book to read in celebration of Earth day, as well as to teach the lesson of giving. After reading the book, I will trace each students hand and cut it out. Then, on each hand, I will have the students write something that they could give to someone else that doesn’t cost money, and that will make the person happy. Once everyone has their hand done, we will create a class giving tree, to remind us everyday of all the ways we can be giving to our friends and family. Another lesson to go along with the story, would be a sequencing lesson. Together as a class we would put together a proper sequence of events, then once the children have grasped the concept, I will pass out pictures of babies, young children, adults, older adults, and then finally elderly people. In groups they will put the proper age sequence together and glue them on a construction paper.
  KaylaRoseDyer | Mar 26, 2017 |
The Giving Tree is a heartwarming story about a boy and a tree that he is close to throughout the stages in his life. He uses the tree in multiple ways for multiple things. They have a very strong bond and the tree is always so giving. It gave him food, shade, shelter, a boat. I really enjoy reading this to my daughter over the past few years. You could paint students arms and hands to make a tree and make thumbprint leaves. ( )
  AmandaMcClure | Mar 26, 2017 |
This book is about the relationship between a boy and a tree. as the boy grows up the tree keeps giving him everything she has to make him happy. As long as the boy was happy she would be happy.
Personal reaction:
This book made me stop and think about the relation ship that me and my siblings have with our mother. we all continue to take from her rarely giving anything back, but she always tells us that she is happy so long as we are.
Classroom extension:
1. You can have children think about the things their parents give to them.
2. You can have children think of ways that they can give something back.
  jasmine.Hamilton | Mar 25, 2017 |
The giving tree was about the relationship between a boy and a tree. At the beginning of the story the boy found happiness by simply playing, climbing, swinging, and eating apples on the tree. Throughout the story the boy grows older. He starts to not visit the tree as often as he did when he was younger. It seemed like he only visited the tree when he needed something. Over a long period of time the tree gave the boy her apples to sell, her branches to build a house, and her trunk to make a boat. The boy came back as an elderly man and the tree had nothing left to give, but this time the boy had nothing to ask for except for a place to rest. The tree let the boy sit and rest on her trunk. The tree gave the boy everything she had and it made her happy. i personally liked this book a lot. i feel like it has some deeper meaning to it that kids might not be able to understand at first. I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. ( )
  shaelyn_smith | Mar 22, 2017 |
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The central theme of the story is not taking advantage of and taking for granted of the people who care about you. I love the author’s decision to not include color inside the book, but instead to show it through black and white. This decision, personally, brought more meaning to the story and allowed me to really focus on what was being told in the words and what the sentences represented as a whole. The black and white color also brought a sense of sadness and desolation throughout the story as the boy indulged in his own selfishness to kept taking and taking from the tree. I also loved how the author teaches an important lesson to young readers to not use others for their own benefit. Young children have the tendency to be egocentric and this book allows them to see another perspective on how they may treat others. The theme allows the readers to think about issues of loneliness and selfishness and even reflect those elements into their own lives, relationships, and friendships.
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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The Giving Tree is a story about a tree who is willing to give everything for this one boy. As the boy grows older into a teenager, adult, and an old man, the tree gives him some part of it. The story is showing the importance of generosity and how we should be generous so that we can make others happy. Eventhough the tree is only left with the base of its trunk in the end, both the tree and the old man get what they both want--tree wants to have more take with the old man, and the old man wants a place to relax and sit.
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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

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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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