The Giving Tree Author:Shel Silverstein '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 h... more »e 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 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.« less
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.
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!!