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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
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

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Summary:The book is about a boy befriending a tree that gives him everything that he needs. He would come and visit her everyday, and that would make her happy. The tree would give everything she had to the boy just to make her happy, even though she did not have a lot to give. as the boy grew up he would not come alone and she would be all alone. The boy seemed to take a great advantage of the tree. Soon the tree had nothing to give, and all she wanted was the boy to stay and be with her, and that is what he did for her.

Personal Reflection:I love this story because the tree was so selfless and give the boy everything he needed just to keep him happy coming back. It has a good moral to the story.

Classroom extensions: Make a giant tree on the wall and pass out leaves to the students and have them write down something they have to give and when a student comes and uses it they will take it down, and at the end you could see how much each students got from the giving tree.
  pambam_11 | Sep 17, 2014 |
The Giving Tree is a very popular children's book where a female apple tree and a young boy become friends. They are friends throughout the boys life even into adolescence and into his elderly years where he just wants a shade tree to sit and rest. This book is often confused to be either positive or negative in a child's life because of the fact that the boy depends upon a tree to be his only friend in life.
  Jclark5 | Sep 16, 2014 |
I personally love this book. In this book, we see a tree being very motherly towards a young boy. Throughout it, the tree keeps giving more and more of herself until she has nothing left to give. This directly parallels what being a mother is and what she does for her children. The drawing themselves were amazing with clear cut lines and few colors to pull attention away from the story. The images of the tree getting smaller and "lesser" as the book goes on helps to exemplify the sacrifices that the tree makes for this young boy. All in all this book is a wonderful book to read to kids and carries a central message that our parents (not just our mother's) sacrifice a lot to help us out in the world. They would go so far as to hurt themselves to see us happy in this world. This book helps younger readers appreciate what their parents(care takers) truly do for them. ( )
1 vote MattM50 | Sep 16, 2014 |
This book is a very good book of poetry. It is a good book to model the way you could turn poetry into a book form, and also to show the relationship between a man as he grows into adulthood and nature. ( )
  emilystrong | Sep 11, 2014 |
This book is about an apple tree and a boy who talk with each other; the tree calls the human as "Boy" his entire life. In his childhood, the boy enjoys playing with the tree, climbing her trunk, swinging from her branches, and eating her apples. However, as time passes he starts to ask a lot from the tree. The boy wants money; the tree suggests that he pick and sell her apples, which he does. After reaching adulthood, the boy wants a house; the tree suggests he cut her branches to build a house. After reaching middle age, the boy wants a boat; the tree suggests he cut her trunk to make a boat, which he does, leaving only a stump. In the final pages, the boy (now a shriveled old man) wants only "a quiet place to sit and rest," which the stump provides. The story ends with the sentence "And the tree was happy."

I'd like to use this book to describe friendship and how not to abuse it. It's a beautiful plot and I'd hope children could relate.
  hatease | Sep 9, 2014 |
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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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