- File Size: 1983 KB
- Print Length: 66 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006028451X
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (February 18, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 18, 2014
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DB2QZPI
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Giving Tree Kindle Edition
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|Length: 66 pages||Age Level: 4 - 8||Grade Level: P - 3|
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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 tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.
This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
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On the early morning of January 31st, while I held and kissed her gently, she left the field of battle.
This morning I re-read her gift to me and actually, Mr. Silverstein, your gift to us.
My wife Vincenza (Vincy) of almost 45 years was my giving tree.
Now as a old man I sit where she rests. I dream and remember.
As always, Richard La Bella.
Like movies, books of all kinds are very personal. What I mean is everyones perception of what they are viewing , in this case reading are very different.
All that I can honestly say about this book, what some people say is "controversial" is it ;
touches on feelings
teaches about selfishness
teaches about selflessness
teaches about caring
teaches about giving
this book really tugs at all the emotions everyone goes through one time or another. Or even all at once.
It has turned into a discussion book for all my grandkids. Through your own eyes, minds & hearts is how each person feels & experiences when they read this book, or has it read to them.
The book is a hardback & comes with a cover resembling the cover of the book. There are only 30 pages to these book. The illustrations are clean & simple black drawings on crisp white pages. These pages aren't numbered, just clean illustrations.
I hope this review helped.
I keep my copy in our livingroom, it's there always.
📖THANKS FOR READING, BYE📚
This story teaches the reader the importance of giving generously, without expecting anything in return. Even though the child in this story doesn't seem to show a lot of gratitude (teaching moment when I'm reading to my kids.. I ask them how they would treat the tree if they were the little boy), it shows that a giving heart is always beautiful, always worthwhile to someone who needs them. Sadly, there are people in this world who will take and take, until you have nothing left to give, and then they will turn their noses up at you and find another "sucker" to take from. This book also gives the opportunity to teach children that, while it is good to give without expecting anything in return, it's also necessary to take care of yourself, and make sure you have enough for YOU before giving too much to others. Also, helping people is always a good thing, but when someone DOES try to take advantage of your kindness, you have to walk away in order to keep yourself from ending up as a "stump".
All in all, many lessons can be found in this book, about gratitude, generosity, kindness, and learning when to say "no" to someone who would take away from you until you had nothing left without a second thought.
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I bought it for my children when they were young, but have now bought it again for them as adult parents themselves, so that they can share it with my Grandchildren/their children
It covers the story of a tree and how much it gives to help keep a boy happy from childhood to old age.
The tree is selfless and gives until there is only a stump left but still it has gifts left to give.
The boy is carefree but as he ages he becomes more interested in material things and takes all that the tree offers without a second glance back, how sad that humans can genuinely be this callous.
Are you are giver - like the tree.
Or are you are taker - like the man that the boy becomes.
There are lessons to be learned from this story.
I think it is an interesting talking point, is it suitable for Children? I'd say the ignorance of children wouldn't pull anything too sinister from its pages and they may enjoy re-reading it as a teenager and seeing a whole new perspective.
I had all my friends read it and we all had a good debate about it!
Quite poetic and it definitely stays with you.
For those who are not familiar with the book it is a lovely tale and very well illustrated. Would highly recommend this book and the seller.
Learn to be nice to others