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The Giving Tree (original 1964; edition 1964)

by Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)

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Member:Bwestpha
Title:The Giving Tree
Authors:Shel Silverstein
Other authors:Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1964), Edition: Library Binding, Library Binding, 64 pages
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Tags:Picture Book, Fiction, Giving, Relationship, Human, Nature, Tree

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

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In my opinion this is a great book for 2 different reasons. One reason is the characters. The characters are well-developed throughout the story. The story starts with a very young boy and as the story goes on the boy grows into a teenager, young man, middle-aged man, and then an old man and as the story goes on he keeps coming back to the tree. Another reason I enjoyed this story is the plot. It is very well organized and engaging. It is engaging because each time the boy comes back, he uses the tree for something completely different until the tree is just a stump, but even then the man uses is as a seat. The main message of the book is sharing and friendship. Even though the boy/man was not giving the tree anything in return, the tree always tried it's best to provide for the boy because the tree cared about him so much. ( )
  kblanc2 | Apr 24, 2017 |
Introduction: The Giving Tree is written by Shel Silverstein. The book remains rather controversial as it tells the story (via poetry) of a female tree and a boy who asks more and more of the tree as he grows older, hinting at greed, while the tree loves the boy so much she gives until she has nothing left to give. The book is, however, a coming of age story, as the boy needs different things from the tree as he goes through the different stages of life.
Characters: The only characters in the book are the boy and the tree, both of which seemingly age alongside the other.
Theme/Plot: The themes of The Giving Tree include the give and take aspects of friendship, greed, and the change of needs as one ages.
Author: Shel Silverstein is known across the globe for his literary works. He is a poet, songwriter, and children’s writer.
Summary: The Giving Tree tells the story of a tree who loved a boy. As a young boy he visits often, playing in the tree and eating apples. As the boy ages, however, he wants more, visits less, and gives nothing in return. When he needs money, the tree gives apples for him to sell. When he needs a home, the tree even gives her own trunk for the lumber. She gives until she is nothing but a stump, but when the boy returns as an old man, she offers her stump with pride to give him a seat to rest his tired body.
Quotes: Silverstein opens The Giving Tree with “Once there was a tree.... and she loved a little boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples.” Over time, the boy grows and the tree gives all she has, leaving her with only one thing to offer. The story ends with Silverstein writing: “an old stump is good for sitting and resting Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."
Overall Recommendation: The Giving Tree is often viewed as rather controversial and would be suited better for older children than younger. Despite the controversy surrounding Silverstein’s true meaning for the story, the book can teach the changes experienced as one ages and the value of a true friendship…a friend who never fails no matter how much another takes. ( )
  StephanieMcCrary | Apr 23, 2017 |
This book is about a tree who meant so much to a young boy. The tree provided the boy with different things. But, the boy grew older and demanded materialistic things that the tree could not provide. But, the tree gave the boy other things that made up for what it could not give. ( )
  tlashayvance | Apr 21, 2017 |
I love this book. 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. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shows children the gift of giving and loving in return. ( )
  Christina1476 | Apr 20, 2017 |
The Giving Tree is an extremely moving book. A young boy and a tree play together all the time when they are young. However, when they boy starts to grow up he visits the tree less and less. This makes the tree sad. The book does not state this but, as the older the boy grew the more selfish he became. He only visited the tree when he needed things like money or shelter. Although the tree could not give him these things directly, she gave him something in its place like her branches or trunk. The book took and took until the tree was nothing but a stump. In the end, the tree was the only thing there for this boy. The important message is to never take things for granted and to not be selfish. Always give back and appreciate the things you have. Without the tree, this boy would of had nothing. This is a great read for students and would definitely recommend it for classrooms. It gives kids that reminder of appreciating all the great things they have in life. ( )
  katelynzemlak | Apr 18, 2017 |
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A tree loves a boy, and a boy loves a tree. When he is young, he uses her leaves and branches to play. As he grows older, the boy finds love in another, and the tree becomes lonely. She asks the boy to spend time with her, to swing on her branches as he used to, when the boy says that he has grown too big to play, she suggests that he sell her apples so he can have money. The tree was happy to be able to make the boy happy. The boy comes back again, the tree pleads again for him to play. He again responds that he is not interested. She offers her branches so that the boy can build a house. The boy comes back again and again until the tree is just a stump. The boy comes back when he is also old and frail. The only thing the two need is their company, and they are both happy.

I could read this book and think of my parents, and how they showed that they loved me by doing things for me, and making sure that I had everything I needed.

This book can be used in the classroom in an activity to ask the children what they do for their family and friends to let them know that they care.
 
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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