“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy…” begins this beautifully crafted story written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. When the boy is young, he and the tree enjoy happy times together, as he gathers her leaves and swings from her branches. Eventually, the boy grows too old for play and begins to concern himself with more grown-up pursuits, like earning a living and raising a family. And in a spirit of true love and selflessness, the tree gives the boy everything she has in order to make his dreams come true.
“Charming and very moving, [this] classic carries messages of grown-up truth,” writes the Los Angeles Times about this beloved story and its telling portrayal of generosity and sharing. (All ages).
Hardcover Book : 64 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins ( October 07, 1964 )
Item #: 10-288456
Product Dimensions: 7.0 x 8.75 x 0.4inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Early on I noticed my children were becoming a lot like me; full of love. Not that this has ever been a bad thing to pass on to children but I worried for them. I worried because there is only so much you can give of yourself before you have nothing left to give. "The Giving Tree" demonstrates this fact. I wanted my children to have a book that showed them what happens when you love so much that you give all you have, I wanted them to know that a person who returns that love equally will come back in the end and give you their all as well. It's a very moving child's book with inspirational morals, hidden in the leaves and branches of a very giving tree.
Reviewer: Kandice B
As a child I loved all of Shel Silverstein's crazy poems, but I had never experienced "The Giving Tree". Now that I have a child of my own, I've decided to purchase all of Silverstein's books for him. When we read "The Giving Tree", it was quite a surprise to me because it isn't like all of the others. While still keeping the cool drawings, this book isn't just kooky poetry. It has a wonderful message appropriate for both children & adults. My son loved it & so did I.
Reviewer: Lacy H
I bought two copies: one as a Christmas gift for a favorite student and one I kept for myself.
This book should be rated as a classic because the message is universal. We all need one another and we all need each other. If we were as giving as the tree, "What a wonderful world this would be".
Reviewer: Jeannie S
I remember reading this book as a child, and loving it. Now I can read it to my children, and I still love it just as much. A story of friendship and sacrifice, a must read for every household.
This book is wonderful. it makes you happy, mad , annoyed and sad. my son (3) does not really understand it yet but it is a wonderful book for the older kids and for us adults too