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The Giving Tree (original 1964; edition 1964)

by Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)

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Member:JackieL1
Title:The Giving Tree
Authors:Shel Silverstein
Other authors:Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)
Info:Harper & Row (1964), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 64 pages
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

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    lbush005: Did a children's story project in college class, a class mate did her project on this story. Great morals!!
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'Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy.' So begins a story of unforgettable perception. 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 and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation ... a moving parable for readers of all ages about the gift of giving and peaceful acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
  wichitafriendsschool | Aug 5, 2016 |
This book tells the tale of The Boy and The Tree. The boy frolics in the tree as a youth and the tree is happy to have a friend. As the Boy grows older he comes to the Tree less often but always needing something to make his life better. The Tree is always gracious and accommodates the Boy until all that is left of the Tree is a stump when the tired Boy returns as an old man and only needs a place to sit. The Tree is happy to oblige and the Boy and the Tree are once again happy in each others company. This is a very powerful book that both students and teachers come back to again and again.
  gregorysmith | Jul 31, 2016 |
Summary
The book is about a boy and a tree. Every time the boy needed something, the tree would give a piece of itself to make him happy. As time progresses and the boy began to age, he kept asking for more and more until the tree became a stump. In old age, the boy goes back to the tree when it is only a stump, then the tree replies that it doesn't have anything else to offer him. The old man just wanted a quiet place to sit, and the tree was happy because it can provide him that.

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It was a heart-filled story. After being used, the tree was happy because it was able to help the boy. Even when it didn't have anything else to offer, it still helped the boy.

Extension
After reading the book, students should be taught that even if you don't look like you can help, you should try any ways because you might be more helpful then you think. Have the students go assist someone for an assignment. ( )
  chywatt | Jul 25, 2016 |
never thought I would have my heart ripped out by a children's book ( )
  Ambar_Oliveras | Jul 25, 2016 |
"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein is tale about a boy and a tree that he grew up with. As a young boy he enjoyed every aspect of the tree. He climbed the tree, at the apples from the tree, and even slept under the shade of the tree. As the boy grew up he did not want to do the things he did as a child. The boy now needed money and the tree offered its apples for him to sell. Time passed and the boy grew older. When the boy, now a man, went to visit the tree he needed a place to stay. The tree did not have a house to give, but offered up her branches for him to build a house. As time progresses the boy comes back to visit and wants to sail far away. The tree offers her trunk for the boy to build a boat with. Lastly, the boy comes back and the tree has nothing more to offer. The boy tells the tree that he just needs a place to rest, and the tree offers him a seat. They are now both happy.

This was honestly a really sad story. It started off as really happy and fun, but as the boy grew up it became sad. The tree kept offering itself to the boy to make him happy, but the boy continuously wanted something each time. In the end they are both happy, but it took all of the tree to do that.

The classroom extensions for this book could include:
1. Have the children draw a tree and list all of the things that they could do with a tree.
2. Have the children name all of the things they could do with every part of the tree and make a list on the chalkboard/dry erase board. ( )
  davishea2004 | Jul 20, 2016 |
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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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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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