The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

"Once there was a 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 tr...

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Title:The Giving Tree
Author:Shel Silverstein
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ISBN:0060256656
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:64 pages

The Giving Tree Reviews

  • Mer
    Apr 20, 2007
    Scrolling down, it seems several reviewers resent this book's apparently heavy-handed message about selfishness/selflessness. I can totally understand why they find it upsetting or sappy. Overbearing, even. But I don't agree.Some fascinating theories have been put forth about The Giving Tree. It's d...
  • Benjermin
    Nov 26, 2007
    Yes, the boy is a selfish bastard, who doesn't deserve the love and generosity he gets time and again. Anyone who read this book as a child is well aware of this fact.Nonetheless, I'm shocked to see how many disliked it. My only thought is that many readers allow their hatred for the boy to be confu...
  • Sava Hecht
    Nov 28, 2007
    Co-dependent tree needs to set some fucking boundaries....
  • Skylar Burris
    Dec 23, 2007
    I was drawn to this book again and again as a child, and I discovered that my three-year-old daughter also wanted me to read it to her repeatedly. The book has given rise to numerous interpretations, and I myself have viewed it differently over time. Some people have a negative, visceral reaction to...
  • Nathan
    Jan 08, 2008
    I know that many people have a sentimental love for this book, and I respect that -- you can't rationalize emotional connection. And generally, I like this author. But with this book, since it inspired no real emotional response in me, I am left with only the rational perspective, which in me was th...
  • David
    Dec 03, 2010
    HEY, KIDS AND SHEL SILVERSTEIN FANS! COME OVER HERE AND READ THIS!Okay, this some motherfuckin' fucked-up shit right here. The Giving Tree is the straight-up wack story of how this selfish little ass-faced prick kicks it with this full-on saintly tree. Ever'thin' fine for a while, y'all, with the li...
  • TK421
    May 26, 2011
    So it is Christmas time, and my wife likes to have all of us—my wife and I, and our three years old twins—do a different event each night during Advent as a family. I like this practice; it is little things like this that keep our family strong. Tonight’s event was reading Christmas t...
  • Brian Yahn
    Aug 06, 2013
    The Giving Tree will rip your heart out in 621 words.We all know and love Shel Silverstein for his whimsical poems, but The Giving Tree is both one of the saddest and most hopeful stories ever told. Pure and utter genius, this one is....
  • Patrick
    Sep 28, 2014
    I recently read this book to my little boy. It's not the first time I've read it. It's probably not even the tenth time. But it's the first time I've read the book in a decade, and given the fact that my memory is like a cheese grater, I like to think I got a pretty fresh experience. The result is t...
  • Mischenko
    Feb 23, 2017
    Please visit our blog at www.twogalsandabook.com to see this and other reviews! The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a must read for children. It's a story that can bring tears to your eyes. Children can learn about the importance of caring, giving, and how we should treat others. This essential a...