Book Review: The Giving Tree

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
From Miss Jennie at Ontario

Most people have either read or have at least heard of  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.  If you haven’t ever read it (or if it has been a long time since you last looked at it) now is a great time to get it out and take a fresh look at this touching story.

Almost 50 years old, this is truly a classic children’s book about love and sacrifice.

The story is about a boy and a tree and the relationship they have over a lifetime.  As a child, the boy loves the tree because he can climb it, play in its leaves and swing from its branches.  As the boy grows up, his needs change, but the tree does what it can to make him happy.  The tree willingly sacrifices its fruit, branches and eventually its whole trunk, for the boy.

the giving tree

In the end there is nothing left but a stump, which is exactly what the now old man needs in his last days. 

This book is recommended for children in 2nd grade and up.

Thanks, Miss Jennie!

For more information and other books of poetry by Shel Silverstein, take a look at this posting from last April.

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