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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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: later printing, Hardcover, 64 pages
Tags:growing up, giving

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

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    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (the_awesome_opossum)
    the_awesome_opossum: Two children's books that both emotionally "grow up" as the reader does
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    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (snozzberry)
    snozzberry: Another great book about the importance of trees.
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    snozzberry: Another great picture book about an important tree.
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    Owen by Kevin Henkes (lbush005)
    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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Although this book is the subject of some controversy, I believe it is a good story for younger students. If it is not over analyzed, the story is sweet and students of all ages will enjoy it.
  adates12 | Dec 17, 2014 |
the book portrays a book of the relationship between a child and a tree. The tree is willing to give everything, including her life for the boy. The requests the boy makes become bigger and bigger as the boy grows older. the book becomes controversial amongst older grades
  Nicole129672 | Dec 15, 2014 |
The Giving Tree is a story of a boy who loves to play outside with his tree. The boy will swing from the tree's branches and eat the apples that she bears. As the boy grows up he has less and less time for the tree. He starts taking things from the tree so that he can better his life, until there is nothing of the tree left but a stump. Although this book is banned in a lot schools, I think it is a worthwhile read. ( )
  SimoneAlexis | Dec 12, 2014 |
Some poems in this book are very good you have to be selective on what you read to the children. Overall good poems and good understanding in situations needed. ( )
  MissLoni | Dec 8, 2014 |
I had mixed feelings about this book. The main message of this story is to share with readers the unconditional love and serving heart of a tree. I liked this book because of the simplicity of the illustrations. The illustrations only focused on what was spoken in the text. For example, “Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.” Then the illustration on the next page showed only a tree and little boy. All in black and white, and that was it. However, I do wonder if children would find this book “boring” and plain because of the lack of colors. Another reason why I like this book is because of the Tree. The Tree shows unconditional love and support to the boy throughout his entire life. This message is an endearing message to share with young readers. However, at the same time, I do not know how to feel about sharing with children this message and then seeing them being taken for granted and possibly bullied and unable to speak for themselves. In the end, I really do have mixed feelings about this book. If I were to share the story with a reader one day, I think I would discuss with the child about the message of the story in depth. ( )
  yyoon4 | Dec 4, 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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