Book Reviews of The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree
Author: Shel Silverstein
ISBN-13: 9780060256661
ISBN-10: 0060256664
Publication Date: 10/7/1964
Pages: 64
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 42 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
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This is my all-time favorite childhood book!
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This is such a wonderful childrens book! Very simple to read and with such a powerful message!
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There are some critics who say this book is all about man (the boy) taking everything from woman (the tree). Before I heard that, I was so in love with this book! To give unconditionally is beautiful. Then I thought, I was mad at the boy for never even saying "thank you" to the tree. Now, I'm not sure what I think. But, if you want to teach your children about giving, then this is certainly a book that will teach it.
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The book The Giving Tree is about love and support. It's a wonderful tool to show children about giving and receiving, and being thankful. Love this book
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This is a wonderful book!!! My daughter has read it over and over again and enjoyed it everytime!
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This is such a wonderful and special book. A true classic. A must read.
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This book teaches that it is okay to take and take, and if you have somebody who is willing to give to you unconditionally, you should take and take some more. Not at all the message that I want to give to my children.
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Hardback/children's, a very endearing story about a tree's love for a boy and all that it was willing to give to him because of that love.
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A book every child needs in their collection! I had this book for years before my kids were born and give it as a gift! A story of pure love!!
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The unconditional love of an apple tree for a young boy and the boy's journey through life are examined with poignancy and tenderness in this illustrated children's classic.
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I THINK IT A CUTE STORY FOR A YOUNGER CHILD THAT TAKES AND TAKES AND NEVER GIVES BACK. CUTE FOR TEACHING A CHILD.
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The boy is a selfish, self-centered brat. The tree is a co-dependent enabler. Glad the tree was happy in the end, but they both would have been happier if the tree had taught the kid not to be a jerk.
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I've always loved this book and I'm excited to read it to my daughter!
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I discovered Shel Silverstein as a preschool educator, before I had children. His poetry, the books the Giving Tree and Missing Piece are all wonderful and inspiring. I think all children should be read The Giving Tree and The Missing Piece as it provides valuable life lessons. I can't get through The Giving Tree without crying at the end!!
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One of my childhood favorites, I'm thrilled that my girls (age 4 and 6) love it as much as I do!
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this story teaches that you can take and take from someone until they have nothing left. it leaves on the note, is it right? should you take and take and take from someone until you have nothing left?

a good eye opener to teaching your kids not to be greedy.... a definite must have in your collection forever.
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A great classic!
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A classic that every child should have a copy of. Has a good lesson in the story.
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A story so wonderfully full of love and affection that you forget that the tree is not the child's parent.
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A classic. Every child should read this book.
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A classic! Great message of unconditional love and the kids love it. Reading it again after so many years, I actually teared up a little.
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A great story about the power of love.
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a must have for every child's library
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A wonderful book for my daughter!
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Such a great book by an amazing Author. He is such a legend in his writings, and as a child i remember reading his books and loving each one. This is one I read to my kids, and they also greatly enjoy it. Shel Silverstein does an amazing job with this book.
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I just love Shel Silverstein books. So uplifting and fun to read!
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"Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk . . . and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave.

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
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I didn't like this book. I thought it was too selfish and sad. I know that's the whole point of it, to teach about giving, etc., but I didn't care for it and neither did my kids.
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From inside of book cover:

"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated bythe gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Every day the boy would come to the treee to eat her apples, swing fromher branches, or slide down her trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created amoving parable for readers of all ages that offrs an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.