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This description may be from another edition of this product. The Giving Tree , a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein, has been a classic favorite for generations. Since it was first...

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16 ratings

An Age Old Classic

I read this to my son the other day. I suppose it was good for me to read it to him as I never realized how sad and depressing it was. It invoked a lot of thought in me as I read it to my son. I doubt he'll really understand it, for a child his age, but I think I understand why this author was so famous in my youth. The books he wrote, while simple in nature, invoked a lot of thoughts and feelings from both a child and an adult. I couldn't help but feel for the tree, even if she was willing to just give to the boy without consideration for herself other than short lived happiness. It makes me wonder if I do that myself from time to time. I suppose, there are lessons to be learned from this author. He had a great mind.

Book in very bad condition- don’t order.

This book came with writing all over in the pages to where two markers are so marked up they can’t be read. Will be donating and ordering a brand new copy.

Perfect

I don’t remember reading this as a child but thought it would be good for my grandchildren. I was right! Book arrived in perfect condition.

Question

I think my husband and I met you in a restaurant. You were a waitress. The Lord told us to give you money to write your book. Is it you? If not, I'm sorry. Please let me know one way or the other. Vickie

Disappointed

I bought this book for my daughter and it was suppose to be in "good" condition. I previously got a different book that was considered acceptable and it was great. When I got this particular book though the cover was great but every single page was colored all over. I was so disappointed.

Change this when you read it to a child...

The tree is referred to as "she" and the boy as "he", and the book gives a moral lesson; as the tree gives "herself" away and is destroyed, the boy thrives. Is this the lesson we want our children to have? Read it with both tree and boy as masculine, and the gender problem goes away. If other adults are to read the book, write the change onto the pages, so the reading will be consistent with each other.

Conflicting ideas

Although a classic story, I have never liked this book as I see it as a user and abuser. Take everything they’ve got; take everything you can get without replenishing or giving in return. I’m probably to only reader who read it that way.

Giving Tree with CD

Liked the book but was advertised as “ very good condition “ but the jacket was torn. Very disappointed.

Renaissance Man.

The Giving Tree is one of the most memorable “children’s” books from my childhood. The only thing I can remember more is my father reading The Raven (Poe); (even though I had been reading for a while by then - age 6-7), which is what makes that (The Raven) so memorable and is a happy memory I have of my dad & I (I miss him a LOT). Anyway, regarding The Giving Tree: Silverstein wrote an amazing and memorable enduring book. The story of a child who comes across a tree - “makes friends”, as it were, with said tree; a long friendship, during which, over time, the tree the Giving Tree, keeps giving of itself, to the child (it’s been a while since I last read this book so bear with me; I can’t recall all the details). Anyway, when he’s a child, the tree gives of itself food, the shade that it casts via the sunlight, et cetera. As he gets older, grows up, id est, through tender years, adolescence, he still keeps up the friendship. When he reaches adulthood, if I remember correctly, he goes away: into the world to live his life. Then later he comes back and the tree has aged, of course, though trees age far more slowly than, well, pretty much everything, but for the sake of the story and because it’s a children’s story, not a textbook, was written for children, though at the same time Shel never condescends, but “speaks” to his intended audience - be it a small child or an adult either revisiting it or reading it for the first time. I’m not going to “spoil” it by giving away the ending. The main reason I have wanted to write a review is because I was turned on to the late, great, very versatile Shel Silverstein since I was quite young. When Shel’s beautiful Where the Sidewalk Ends right around the time it came out, circa 1977; then, a couple years later he followed Sidewalk with The Missing Piece. But besides children’s books, Silverstein had also written some songs, the most well known probably being “Cover of the Rolling Stone”, the first hit by Dr Hook & the Medicine Show (long before they turned into an MOR pop group). He also occasionally wrote articles that appeared in Playboy Magazine (Playboy, over the years, had writing in the magazine by some top- notch writers). Regardless, The Giving Tree is a timeless classic that is still pertinent today. (Shel also said was a good illustrator, having drawn the pictures in his books). I highly recommend The Giving Tree as well as anything else by Shel Silverstein.

Book in great condition but no CD

The book came in very good condition as the description said however there was no CD. I have seen other hard copies that had no CD for cheaper. Had I known this was coming with no CD as well I would have purchased from another with a lower price or just spend the $4 to buy it brand new with the CD. Very disappointing.

Disappointed

I purchased this book for my nephew and when it came I immediately noticed that it did not have a cd in it. Also the book was extremely bent on the lower right side..

The perfect lesson for children

This book is one of my childhood favorites. As a child, I remember loving the story, but now as a mother of three I love it even more. This is such a sweet book and teaches children the most beautiful lesson they will need to learn in life. Simple pictures yet beautiful enough to capture the story. My children love this story just as much as I did and I hope in the future they will read it to their children.

This is a must for everyone- children and adults alike

This cautionary tale helps to drive home the point of selfishness and the slow realization of how not to take others for granted.

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!

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.

The Giving Tree Mentions in Our Blog

The Giving Tree in Life Lessons from Shel Silverstein
Life Lessons from Shel Silverstein
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 25, 2020

Award-winning writer, artist, and musician Shel Silverstein was born ninety years ago today! The multitalented Renaissance man passed away when he was only 68, but he accomplished so much, creating a veritable treasure trove of poetry, art, stories, and music in his lifetime.

The Giving Tree in Famous Last Lines: Endings to Remember
Famous Last Lines: Endings to Remember
Published by Beth Clark • May 31, 2018

For all of our "get the last word in" readers (you know who you are!), here are some famous last lines to applaud, echo, laugh at, and think about.

The Giving Tree in How We Choose Books as Gifts
How We Choose Books as Gifts
Published by Bianca Smith • February 14, 2018

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The Giving Tree in Your Favorite Picture Books
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