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Hardcover The Giving Tree Book

ISBN: 0590396218

ISBN13: 9780590396219

The Giving Tree

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Book Overview

Once there was a little 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,...

Customer Reviews

6 ratings

For children 2 to 102

When my son Alex was in Kindergarten I volunteered in his class, one day his teacher Mrs. Hough had this book for me to read to the class, as I was reading I became so touched by the storyline that I started to cry, Mrs. Hough would have to finish reading the book as I was so choked up I could not continue. Thank you Mrs. Hough and Shel Silverstein for the memory. I purchased this book for my son and we have read it many times over the years, he now has children of his own to read to.

A new interpretation for a new era

This book has had a LOT of reviews. With that being said, I quickly tried to browse through them to see if my take on it had already been posted...I didn't see it. So please forgive me if this is a duplication of a previous review. I have had this book for a very long time and still read it - it never loses its charm. Now, about a week ago I was watching the movie HOME about the planet and suddenly this book popped into my head. One of the messages of HOME is that we just keep taking and taking from the planet but yet at some point, if we are not careful, the planet will have nothing left to give - we will have destroyed it. If we look to Shel Silverstein's beautiful book - not with the lens of co-dependency - but instead of the environment - I think we have a new way that we can present the themes in the book to our children. Imagine being able to say to them: Isn't this tree a bit like our planet Earth? What things do we take from it? What could the boy have done? What would have been more respectful?

Wonderful Book!!!!

This is a wonderful book! It is a great read to me, or read with me book! It offers a unique perspective on giving. It teaches that without balance there is no reward in giving for either the giver or the receiver. It shows the child that by taking without limits brings no happiness, and only creates a hunger for more. It also teaches the child that giving without limits has it's consequences to the giver. Overall it is a great story with a good moral lesson. My children absolutely loved this book! It will remain on our bookshelf for a long time to come!


I adore the works of Shel Silverstein and I desperately want to speak and understand the French language.. This book is perfect for a novice like me and the story is wonderful and heartwarming..

A cautionary tale?

I read the same symposium that someone else mentioned hereIt set me to thinking about this book (which I still love) in ways Ihadn't before. If you look at this story as the boy's story and not the tree's, it's possible to see it as a cautionary tale. Remember, the Tree keeps saying, "Take this or that, and then you will be happy." But after chidhood, does the boy ever seem happy? Even after he's attained the wife and family he's looked for, he wants to build a boat to sail away, being "too old and sad to play". (Although, in all fairness, maybe tragedy took his spouse from him.) At the end, he looks dejected and worn. Could Shel have been issuing a warning that anyone who does nothing but take will never be truly content? Perhaps if the boy had learned to give in return, he would have had a more contented life.Although I do see the boy as finally learning his lesson toward the end. When he returns to the stump at the end, he has to know that the tree has nothing left to give. But he is finally ready to give the tree the only thing she ever asked of him...companionship. I kinda see in the old man's face a realization of what he's done and a repentance.There's another metaphor for this as well...the metaphor of parent to child. How many children never see or appreciate the sacrifices their parents have made for them till it is too late, or almost too late? This could have been another warning Shel was issuing. END

Never a book so simple can touch so many.

You might think I am silly, I am a 26 year old guitarist in a metal band, and in the professional wrestling biz. And if there is one thing that rarly happenes to me is something that would make me cry. One day, I was at a Walmart with a friend of mine, and as he was scanning through the Hot Wheels (he collects them), I was roamin through and decided to pick up a book that was sitting on on a rack near the board games aisle, that one is none other than "The Giving Tree". So so I decided to scam through it then somehow I started to carefully read it. Then those words and pictures started to touch me. I finished reading it and went home. That book was in my mind for a good long while. Then as I came in to this website, and read those reviews about a book so beutiful I started to cry. That story is a type of vision I cannot shake off. This is the most touching book I have ever read. Something so simple, but yet it touched this Gen Xer pro wrestler. Get this book, I guarantee it will touch you.

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