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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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Overall customer rating: 5.000
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 ... More

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, ... More

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 ... More

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 ... More

teachermommy

character shaping book

by teachermommy on Jul 26, 2007

A little boy shares a changing relationship with a tree. The tree gives endlessly without taking throughout the boy's life which faces the usual hardships and at times the boy seems selfish and the tree is to be pited. In the end, however, the two have compatible lives again. The author's illustrations ... More

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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 ... 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 ... 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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