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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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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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I thought the way this book is written was very interesting. The way the author uses the same phrase repeatedly throughout the text "And the tree was happy." The vocabulary in this text is very simple but the meaning that can be taken from the book is a little more complex. For example, there are multiple interpretations of this book which include, parent-child, friendship and environmental. This book could be read in all classrooms K-5, and students can interpret the book in the way they find best.
  leighTembrey | Sep 24, 2016 |
There are two reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed reading this famous children's book.The first reason I liked it was because of the message behind the story. The message was that the tree was selfless and gave everything it had to the boy. The boy was selfish by continuing to take from the tree with nothing in return. The tree was always happy when it had something to offer but when he had already offered everything, he was no longer happy. The boy was never happy, and he just continued to come back for more. I think the difference between being selfish and selfless is an important concept to learn at an early age, therefore, that is why I think this is a great book to read to younger children. The second reason I liked this book was because of the simplicity of the language and illustrations in the story. The author did not use many descriptive words which I thought was appropriate because it would have taken away from the meaning behind the story. Some authors may have gone into detail describing the tree and the little boy but that was not the point of the book. I liked how main idea of the book was the priority rather than trying to make it appealing to the eye. ( )
  mbands4 | Sep 21, 2016 |
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

I really enjoyed The Giving Tree because the book has a very good message. In this book, the main characters are a boy and a tree. Though out the book the tree gives the young boy pieces of itself to help the boy. As the story goes on the tree continues to give and the boy continues to take, until the tree has nothing to give, the end of the book shows the young boy who is now an old man just sitting with the tree and enjoying their time together. The illustrations are very powerful in this book, even though they are simple; they still show the strong relationship between the two characters. ( )
  MeganSiebeneichen | Sep 21, 2016 |
In the story, a little boy plays with a tree, swinging in her branches, eating her apples, and climbing her trunk. When the little boy grows up and leaves then they tree is sad. Over the years, the little boy comes back, always taking something from the tree when he leaves to help further his happiness, leaving the tree barer and barer until she is only just a stump. When he comes back the final time, the tree is saddened that she cannot give anything more to the boy, until he tells her that all he wants is a place to sit and rest. So the once tree lets the boy sit on her, and she is happy.
Although physical growth is shown in the two characters, the boy and the tree, they both go through very little character development throughout the story. In the beginning thee boy found happiness by just playing with the tree, but as he grew older he became greedy and continued to take and take, never seeming to care about any real damage done to the tree. The tree on the other hand is always willing to give every piece of herself to the boy, just to make him happy, even if it leaves her worse off than she was before. Before reading this book to any class of students, a teacher must be aware that this book has been deemed by some psychologists to be very damaging to children’s psyches, especially young girls. This book teaches the reader that giving away every part of yourself, without asking for anything in return, is ok, as long as it makes you happy in the end, and that continually taking from another person, without giving anything in return is ok, because in the end you will both be happy. ( )
  NicoleGruber | Sep 20, 2016 |
"The Giving Tree" is a book about a relationship between a boy and apple tree. In the beginning the boy and the tree are best friends and do everything together. As the boy gets older, his relationship with the tree changes. He starts to ask the tree for money, a boat, a house and finally a place to rest. The tree loves the boy and willing gives herself to make the boy happy. As the boy gets older, the tree looses more and more of herself. When the boy comes back as an old man, the only thing left of the tree is her stump. She tells the boy she has nothing left to give and the boy simply wants a place to sit and rest. The tree realizes that she is perfect for him to sit on and they were both happy.

This book teaches children about relationships and growing up. As the book progresses, the boy gets older and grows further and further away from the tree. His imagination changes and so does his needs. The book also teaches a child that as time goes on, things change. But the love of their parents and family doesn't go away.

This is another one of my favorite books. I have read this book for years and years. I continue to read it to my child and nieces and nephews. I think it teaches a good lesson about relationships, but it's also kind of sad. The tree spends a lot of time alone and does everything she can to make the boy happy and he isn't very grateful. The perspective that I had as a child about the book has changed mildly since becoming an adult. I think there is a good story there about relationships and how someone can give everything and never ask anything in return, and another person can take and never be thankful. That's really sad.
  kristjin | Sep 19, 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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