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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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This book is a classic. The message is straight forward and something all readers should understand. The tree in this book gave the little boy everything he asked for until she had nothing left to give. All that was left was the stump, and still then, she gave him a place to sit and rest. I really liked this plot. It is something kids can relate to. Kids play outside, climb trees, and pick leaves and branches to build things. Even though the boy had exhausted the resources of the tree, the tree was still able to provide for the boy. I also liked the pictures. If we were reading this story without pictures, we would thin the boy is still a young boy at the end, but we see through the pictures that he grows into an elderly man. The tree calls him a boy even though he ages quite a bit. The overall message is one of the highlights of this book. I saw the message as don't be greedy, for one day there may not be anything for you to take. The second message was that there is always something for you to give. Even though the tree was just a stump by the end of the book, she still had a place for the boy to sit and rest. ( )
  tbarne9 | Mar 26, 2015 |
In my opinion this is a fantastic book! I really love how this story gets readers to think about their actions towards one another. The boy takes and takes from the tree to make himself happy and the tree gives to him because she cares for him. By the time the boy is an old man, he has taken everything from the tree and has left her with nothing left to give. The tree is finally happy because the old man only wants to sit beside the tree. This shows readers that just because someone is giving and cares does not mean you should take from them. It shows readers that a friendship is a two way street. This broadens the readers perspectives because at a young age many children do not have that open view of thinking.
I also really love the language the author uses throughout this book. The language is very descriptive and allows the reader to really connect with the giving tree on a deep emotional level.
The main idea of this book is friendship and selflessness. The giving tree is selfless when it comes to the boys happiness which shows true friendship on her part. But this story also shows how to not be a good friend and how to be selfish by following the boys actions throughout the story. ( )
  csmith109 | Mar 24, 2015 |
I love this book because the subject is very relatable. Every child and adult can relate to either the tree or the little boy who "takes". The poem has always seemed to me like the tree is the parent, and the boy is the child. This is a deep book for children but I love it because it shows the reader that being selfish and taking will not make you happy. I also like the book because it is written as a poem, but this poem is not a traditional rhyming poem that children are familiar with. It is not very long and can be a good introduction into poem stories. I believe the big idea of this book is to appreciate the "givers" in your life and try to be less of a taker. ( )
  jcuttitta | Mar 24, 2015 |
I absolutely loved this book. It is such a classic, since I was a child, and I loved how the book started and ended in a similar way. The book consistently keeps the reader on their feet, because of the way how sentences are formed. For example, "Once their was a tree..." Well then, you want to know all about the tree, and what is going to happen to the tree next. These are the classics that draw the reader in. The main message, is to never take for granted all that you have in life, and to be humble and appreciative of all that you receive. Beggars cannot be choosers. ( )
  kbarry9 | Mar 17, 2015 |
This book is so wonderful to give to early readers, it has such a strong message. I still enjoy this book as an adult, it has great reminders about giving back and not focusing so much on what we receive. I find it to be a good choice for read aloud as well, it is a book that could easily stimulate discussion and conversation between the kids about giving and being thankful. A classic that will never get old!
  loross | Mar 16, 2015 |
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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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