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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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    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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The Giving Tree is about a little boy and a tree. The boy would always go to the tree and swing on the branches and eat the apples. As the boy got older, he needed the tree for many other things, and eventually the tree becomes just a stump. The boy got very, very old though and he needed a place to sit and rest, so he sat on the stump from the tree. I would recommend this for any age because it has a really good moral in it.
  audreybusch | Feb 19, 2017 |
Although it is an unhappy story about the tree it can be used for kindergarten through second grade. It is a great representation of personification. The book also contains the hiding meaning of not taking things for granted and why we need to appreciate what we have. ( )
  Mb_Flor | Feb 17, 2017 |
The story of, The Giving Tree, begins with a young boy and a tree that are great friends. The boy climbs the trees branches, eats it's apples, and rests in it's shade and that makes the tree very happy. But then, the boy grows older and uses the tree to sell it's apples or use it's branches to build a house, and still the tree doesn't mind. The book ends with the boy coming to the tree, which is now just a stump, as a tired old man who just needs somewhere to sit, so the tree let's him sit on it's stump and they are both happy. ( )
  ShannonKearns23 | Feb 15, 2017 |
A boy meets a tree that finds happiness in giving, but how much is too much? The boy and tree start off playing and having fun together. As the boy grows older he begins to take more and more, such as; apples for money, branches for a home and the tree's trunk for a boat. Still with all the giving the tree remains happy. Once the tree has nothing left to give she becomes sad, until one day the boy returns an elderly man just wanting a quiet play to sit. Even though the tree was only a stump, she was able to still give the boy a place to sit and just be, and they were both happy. To me, this book can relate to children who have similar experiences with their parents. Children may see a connection between the maternal instinct of the tree and their own mothers and fathers. However, I see a connection between us as humans and all trees. Greed and need have made this human race take selfishness to a whole new level. We have a tendency to plow down trees with no regard, without stopping to think about all the things trees do for us. Great book by my all time favorite author Shel Silverstein. ( )
  MeganSchneider | Feb 10, 2017 |
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.
  meygyn11 | Feb 9, 2017 |
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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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