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The Giving Tree 40th Anniversary Edition Book with CD (original 1964; edition 2004)

by Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)

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Member:AlexisF
Title:The Giving Tree 40th Anniversary Edition Book with CD
Authors:Shel Silverstein
Other authors:Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2004), Hardcover, 64 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Giving, unconditional love, trees, acceptance

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

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Leí la historia y me sentí mal por el árbol, luego vi este "trailer" de la "película": http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/08acf2556f/the-giving-tree







...y se me pasó.

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  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
This may be a simple kids book, but after looking through it as an adult, I am amazed at the depth of knowledge it holds. Although the sime language and pictures are fun, it tells of how to give what you can and that you will eventually be rewarded for it. In this case, the tree provided what the boy/man needed and got friendship, which he needed, in return.
To have had such a book given and read to me so often, even if I may not have been aware, I was learning this as a young kid. I will be forever grateful cor this gift from my parents and siblings. ( )
  eeminxs | Jun 16, 2016 |

**SPOILER**

This book is about a boy who plays with a tree, but the tree is the character I identified with. She loved the boy and he loved her, at first. Then he grew older and no long came to the tree and played in it or ate from it. The tree was sad. Every once in a while, the boy would visit the tree. The tree would give him parts of herself until she was only a stump.

The boy ticked me off. He was so needy and always complained. I felt sorry for the tree. She was being used by the boy. With a close look at this, it reminds me of someone in an abusive relationship. One partner (the tree) loves with all of their heart to the point that they sacrifice their own well-being and ignore the faults in the other person. The abusive party (the boy) "loves" the partner (tree) only when it is convenient and continues to take and take until their partner is bare and stripped of everything that makes them them. The saddest part is that the abused party is happy letting the abuser abuse.

I had opened to the middle of the book on accident and saw the boy carrying away the tree trunk. It made me upset. I thought that foresters had cut it down and he was carrying it away because it meant something to him. I read the beginning of the book and I absolutely loved it until the boy took her branches.

I know I am digging in pretty deep and drawing conclusions. The author probably did not mean for a reader to get the interpretation I did, but I did none the less.

The illustrations where SO basic: black and white lines. What made them so good was how they personified the tree. I knew what it was feeling by how its branches were curved. I really liked the drawing of the apple cores falling to the ground.

Overall, the characters may have ticked me off a bit, but I loved the story. It is not something I will forget, and I was able to draw a lot of background from it. I would say it would be a good book to have a child who has parents in an abusive relationship to read. It would help them understand why the abused party continues to stay when they should get out of the relationship.
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  ZetherBooks | Jun 15, 2016 |
Someone pointed out that if we pay attention to the boy's reactions, we can see a richer story than if we simply empathize with the tree and wish it would say 'enough' and would get a thank you.

The thing is, the boy is this lost mess of insecurities. He doesn't really know what he wants. He keeps thinking that 'more' will satisfy. He doesn't learn to appreciate what friendship and love he could have had until it was gone.

So, yes, feel for the tree, and learn from her not to give too much. But feel for the boy, and learn from him to be thankful for what you do have. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This is far from the first time I've read Shel Silverstein's *The Giving Tree* . . I found that (even after thirty-plus years) my faulty memory still retained much of the text - intact - a testament to having read it over-and-over again to/with my [now] "middle-aged" (*evil grin*) daughters. I read it, yesterday, as part of my sixty-sixth birthday self-celebration . . what a wonderful way to mark the passage of time! ( )
  idajo | May 8, 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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