The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree
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The Giving Tree

Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
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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 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. Ages 10+

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    I remember loving this book growing up. I'm sure my mother read it to me and explained how the tree is a wonderful example of selflessness, which I completely agree with! After reading it again as an adult, I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. It had a more melancholy feel to it, as the tree just gave and gave until it had nothing more to give. I wished the boy in the story would come to his senses, realize what the tree was doing for him, and give something back in return. I felt a little frustrated by the story, but that's why I think it's a great book--it made me feel for the tree. When I read this with little ones, it will spark a great discussion about how the boy could have been better by recognizing what the tree gave up for him and trying to give back.

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    "If you ask parents to think of a children’s book about generosity, “The Giving Tree” is usually the first — and often the only — one they can name. But here’s the thing: It’s not really about generosity. It’s a book about self-sacrifice — and those are two very different things. Giving doesn’t have to be a sad act of sacrifice — something you have to do at your own expense. It can be a joy — something you choose to do for the benefit of others."

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Book Details

ISBN
9780060256654
Publication Date
October 7, 1964
Page Count
64
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
6 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
2003270066
WorldCat Number (OCLC)
62732273
ASIN/ISBN 10
0060256656
Lexile® Level
530L
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
~N
ATOS® Book Level
2.6
Accelerated Reader® Points
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz
5469
Accelerated Reader Interest Level
LG

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