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The Giving Tree (original 1964; edition 1964)

by Shel Silverstein (Author)

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Title:The Giving Tree
Authors:Shel Silverstein (Author)
Info:Harper & Row (2014), Edition: 1st, 57 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:children's poetry, kindness, love, friendship, generosity, sharing, sacrifice, nature, greed, time, tree, personification.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

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Summary: "The Giving Tree" is a picture book about a lonely tree that one day had been accompanied by a little boy. The little boy loved her apples, so she would keep dropping them for him. When the little boy got older he started eating more apples and would bring his friends. One day, he even brought a girl that he proposed to as he carved their initials into the trunk. The boy did not return to the tree for years and years. The tree try to remember the boy, but her memory faded.

Personal Reaction: I read this book as a mother would feel when she experiences an empty nest. I believe that we can all learn from this book because we should never stop showing the people that care about us that we love them. People will give and give to us as long as we let them, but we should always show gratitude and love back.

Classroom Extensions: Teachers could use this book to teach children how to show gratitude and love to the people around them.
Children could create their own giving tree with construction paper.
The class could talk about how the little boy in the book could have treated the tree better.
  Kera-Bilbrey | Sep 20, 2017 |
There has been countless articles, reviews and discussions of Shel Silverstein's work so I feel a bit unqualified to give this poem book a proper review but here we go anyways. This book is a collection of poems that are beautifully rendered and wonderfully written, a reflection of a world parallel to ours where our imagination meets our most untainted thoughts, Shel Silverstein reminds me of David Lynch work that can inspire, scare and hit us in emotional spaces we didn't even know existed. This is a fantastic book and one that stands the test of time.
  Winston_Rivas | Sep 18, 2017 |
This book is a great read that takes on personification on a tree that is giving to a child until the tree can't give anymore. The book teaches about being selfless and it truly is a classic. The tree and the child go through stages in life together creating a special bond. I recommend this book to any reader because the book is a wonderful parable about being altruistic. ( )
  Jannette_M | Sep 17, 2017 |
A beloved story about a tree that literally gives her entire self to the person she loves.
It's easy to imagine the tree as a mature, patient mother dependably being there for her child throughout his life. The tree can also be seen as a masochistic female who doesn't know how to set limits. ( )
  emmmyjane | Sep 15, 2017 |
This book is a heartwarming story about a tree that spends her life giving all she has to a boy in order to make him happy, which in turn makes her happy. At the beginning of the boy’s life, he frequently visits the tree, but as he ages, his visits diminish. This book is a good read for younger grades (kindergarten- third), but it teaches such a beautiful lesson of love, generosity, and selflessness, which makes it a good read for all ages. The illustrations do not contain color, this could pose issues when trying to engage younger children, but at the same time, they could use their imagination to fill in the blanks. This story could serve as a prompt in an ELA classroom, where students can reflect and/or write about their interpretations of the story. Overall, this book teaches a valuable lesson, is organized in a way that is easy to follow, and keeps imagination open by its use of the classic Shel Silverstein illustrations. ( )
  TiffanySpanos | Sep 15, 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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060256656, Hardcover)

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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