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The Giving Tree (original 1964; edition 1964)

by Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)

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Member:KatieKrivo
Title:The Giving Tree
Authors:Shel Silverstein
Other authors:Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)
Info:Harper & Row (1964), Edition: later printing, Hardcover, 64 pages
Collections:Wishlist
Rating:*****
Tags:growing up, giving

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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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This is a personal favorite of mine. It will move you to tears, but it can be a good book to share with children to help with rhythm. I think this book also helps to teach the heart, which is something I believe us teachers need to do. This helps convey that books have many purposes, and the art of Shel Silverstein has always been appealing to students. It also is a rather quick read. I love this book! ( )
  MissCogswell | Dec 5, 2016 |
The Giving Tree is a book about a young boy and a tree who spend a lot of time together. The tree gives the boy everything he needs and it makes the tree happy. as the boy gets older, he stops coming around as much and it makes the tree sad. This book is a great metaphor for family as I see the tree as the boy's mother. It is also a great example of the importance of nature. This book could potentially be used to teach about the importance of family as well as the importance of nature. It could be an introduction to metaphors as well where the kids give ideas about what the metaphor for the tree is in this book.
  Jordan.Francies | Dec 3, 2016 |
The Giving Tree, written by Shel Silverstein's is a novel of love and giving. However, the curious thing about The Giving Tree is the way the tree loves the little boy and the way the boy reciprocates that love.

After reading other Silverstein books I can see his style seeping through the pages of The Giving Tree. While the story is about love and generosity it really show a warped sense of love - one without boundaries and limites (on the side of the tree) and with no consideration (on the side of the boy).

The tree gives everything to the boy and loves him unconditionally, but the boy only needed the tree's company when he wasn't independent. It's such a sad, and I think somewhat cautionary tale, of what happens when relationships are lopsided. It's definitely not a story of how to be generous, but, I like to think that it can lead to a discussion of how to have healthy relationships. ( )
  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
The Giving Tree gives everything that she has to a little boy as he grows up. This selfless tree loves the boy and would do anything that she could to make the boy happy.

I love this book for not only the reason that I grew up reading it, but that it signifies a relationship that children have with their parents. Parents will give any part of themselves to their child to make them happy. This is a very sweet story in it's own way.

I would do a sequencing activity with this story to represent what happens at each part of the story. ( )
  kmedwa4950 | Dec 1, 2016 |
Summary: The boy loved the tree when he was a little boy and they had a good time. She would give him the apples to sale in the city, she gave him her trunk so he could make a boat. The boy grew into an older man and he was just happy he could sit on the stump and be with the tree.
Personal Reaction: I liked the book, it gave the tree a certain level of importance, since the boy seemed to be lonely.
Classroom Extension Idea:
1. Go pick apples from a tree.
2. Have a picnic under a tree with the class. ( )
  GiselleNieto | Nov 30, 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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