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The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel (Book - 2005? )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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. A parable that offers an interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
Authors: Silverstein, Shel
Statement of Responsibility: by Shel Silverstein
Title: The giving tree
Publisher: [New York] : HarperCollinsPublishers, [2005?]
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 27 cm.
Notes: "First published c1964; renewed 1992 by Evil Eye Music"--T.p. verso
Summary: 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. A parable that offers an interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
Subject Headings: Generosity Fiction Trees Fiction Love stories
Genre/Form: Picture books
Topical Term: Generosity
Trees
Love stories
LCCN: 2005283157
ISBN: 0060840986
Branch Call Number: J PIC S
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This book is something everyone should read!

Jul 01, 2014
  • danicap rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

it is a good book for all ages

The giving tree is a fiction short story that is beautifully written by Shel Silverstein, This book was about a tree who was happy when the boy was in her presence. As long as the boy was in her presence, even if he was taking from her, the tree was happy. I think the main lesson of this book is love. Love is valuable enough that it is its own reward. Love is something we can give to everyone whether or not they return it. Many readers hated this book because they think it shows selfishness but the story was, in my opinion, was quite touching. It was also very odd, in a good way. There's probably a deeper meaning that represents this book, and people will have different opinions and ideas for what that meaning is. I really think this is a brilliant children's tale because the moral of the story was that someone will always be there for you even though you feel like you're alone. The tree was the one to always be there for the little boy and gave everything it had. the book encourage children to explore what it means to be happy, what it means to love someone, what kinds of things we do for people we love, the value and the consequences of giving, and the concepts of selfishness and selflessness. The tree kind of represents a mother-child relationship, the mother as in the tree always gives everything she got for her kids and never complains as long as her children are happy, the boy represents the children because they always take without feeling what they're causing to the person they love and I guess that's a beautiful way to represent the story.

May 24, 2014
  • DARBYSCOUT rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I used this for youth bible lesson on God always being there. As we grow and our needs change, he cares for us. A great read this is.

Every child & adult should be required to read The Giving Tree.

Oct 06, 2013
  • rosegold11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Omg I remember reading this book it was the best

Oct 05, 2013
  • wally_613 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing for people of all ages. I was read this book every night and I can now repeat it from heart. This book is about love and loss which might be hard for young kids to understand but older children should.

Jun 09, 2013
  • vernessa7 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

did not like because too short and has little details. by michael

absolutley beautifully written book.
love to read over and over

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Jun 11, 2014
  • blue_tiger_12786 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 05, 2013
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Jun 09, 2013
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Jul 18, 2012
  • burgundy_cat_79 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 17, 2011
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A tree loves little boy unconditionally, even though he doesn't always return that love.

Jun 09, 2013
  • vernessa7 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

boy always goes to the giving tree and the tree gives him fruit and when he gets older he only comes to the giving tree for money and older he wants a house and even older he wants a boat and the oldest he wants a place to sits so he gets everything he wants. by michael

Jul 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Classic, sensitive parable about selflessness.

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Jul 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy..

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