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ISBN: 0060256664 / ISBN-13: 9780060256661

The Giving Tree

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"The Giving Tree" is a classic and moving story by Shel Silverstein. Once there was a little tree ...and she loved a little boy. So begins a story of ... Show synopsis

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  • The Giving Tree (HarperCollins) – Hardcover (2003)

    The Giving Tree

    Hardcover, HarperCollins
    2003
    English
    64 pages

    ISBN: 0060256664
    ISBN-13: 9780060256661

    This story of a boy who grows to manhood, and of a tree that gives him her bounty through the years, is a moving parable about the gift of giving and the capacity to love.

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Reviews of The Giving Tree

Overall customer rating: 5.000
Charlene J
by Charlene J on Nov 27, 2014

I purchased the book for my granddaughter and am giving it to her for Christmas

Kenneth H

Thought-provoking and even controversial. . .

by Kenneth H on Sep 2, 2010

It looks like a children's book. It even sounds like a children's book. But there's a strong message here and, if you've discovered the controversy at all, you'll know that message is definitely up for interpretation. Is the story sweet or sad? Is it uplifting or depressing? Some see it as a metaphor of unconditional love. Others see it as a cautionary tale exposing the selfishness and egocentrism of youth. Is the tree a mother, a lover, the environment, or a philosophical ideal? Shel Silverstein's not telling, so you'll have to decide for yourself. If you can't already see that this book is worth a few bucks and a few minutes, then it's not for you. But if you like being challenged and want to read something extraordinary (as in "outside the norm"), then Add to Cart and enjoy. Even if you hate it, you'll love it.

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Plowlady

One Of THE Best Books To Get The Point Out There!

by Plowlady on Mar 24, 2009

This book has always been one of my favorites. Everytime I'm asked what my favorite book is/was-it's this one. When my son was small, I bought this book to read to him. As he grew up and with my husband as well, I've re-read it to them both, as a reminder that the tree loved the little boy so much, it gave him everything-right down to it's last everything...same as my love for them...the boy got the point in the end, as well as my family. I will always read this book, recoomend it and never forget it--it's his best work in my opinion.

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piafinn

Poignant

by piafinn on May 2, 2008

While this is just a short, little childrens' book that can be read in five minutes , it's one of the sweetest books you can read. I first read it in a bookstore at the urging of a friend. It brought tears to my eyes, right there in the store. I had to buy it, even though my daughter was only a baby at the time, and we were quite poor. On the surface, the book appear to be about the relationship of a boy and an apple tree. The boy loves the tree and the tree loves the boy. As the boy grows up, the tree (referred to with the female pronoun) always meets his needs, offering herself willingly because of her love for the boy. As for the deeper meaning, it has been the subject of debate. I think it demonstrates the sacrificial love of parents toward their children. Although you could argue that the boy seems to be selfish and unappreciative of all the tree gives him, that is the nature of children. It's also normal for parents to want to provide for their children. It's a poignant, sweet story.

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sd6161

When you give, you receive

by sd6161 on Sep 11, 2007

In writing and illustrating The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein accomplished a masterpiece through the use of unadorned illustrations and descriptive text that requires no interpretation for the reader; thus the moving, unforgetable life lesson is preserved for parents and adults to share with and guide their children for generations to come. The Giving Tree has lived on a bookshelf in my home for over 25 years!

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Discussions about The Giving Tree

Denise B

very moving

I once taught a very disturbed 9 year child. His behaviour was very challenging and his literacy skills limited.He read this book over and over again. It deeply affected him. I encouraged him to write to the author but sadly, he never replied. I'll never forgotten this child.I have a copy at home and ... Read more

Lesley 612

Missing illustration

I love the story so much I am getting a tattoo for my son. I bought the 2010 hard copy and was so disappointed that the quote I am having does not appear in the book. It appears on an illustrated page and reads: "and she loves a little boy very,very much -even more than she loved herself" Can someone ... Read more

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Kenneth H

Your confusion is part of the point I think. The moral (or lack of one) is up for interpretation.

It looks like a children's book. It even sounds like a children's book. But there is a strong message here and, if you have discovered the controversy at all, you'll know that this message is definitely up for interpretation. Is the story sweet or sad? Is it uplifting or depressing? Some see ... Read more

Richard H

Why oh why?

So I don't understand the moral of this story - why is the tree so giving and the boy so "taking"? What is the purpose that is being fulfilled? Is there some deeper message I've been missing all these years?

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