The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

eBook - 2014
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This year, as The Giving Tree turns fifty, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in ebook format. This digital edition will allow young readers and lifelong fans to continue the legacy and love of a household classic that will now reach an even wider audience. Never before have Shel Silverstein's children's books appeared in a format other than hardcover.Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.Supports the Common Core State Standards.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780061965104
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: NC Kids

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Preschoolers and big kids alike will love this classic Shel Silverstein story written in verse. Check out a digital copy with your library card or One Access number.

This classic picture book tells the story of a young boy who receives many gifts from a beloved tree as he journeys into manhood. Available in hard copy as well. The Lexile level is 530.

"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... Read More »

Level N. A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.

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Feb 20, 2021

This is an excellent book but I can't give it 5 stars because it's just so depressing. I agree with others here that it's really more for adults - or at least older children - than young children. I don't think a young child will grasp the lessons here, and if they do it will just make them very sad.

Jan 21, 2021

I saw this book when my teacher read it before i love the book

Jan 08, 2021

I really like Shel Silverstein and I really dislike this book.

Give of yourself until there is literally nothing left is a terrible message.
Of course you can read it as "what a selfish boy to take and take and what bad bad choices the tree made never having boundaries" but that would have to have to be explicitly said to the child.

Really, just skip it altogether and read "Where the Sidewalk Ends".

Sep 22, 2020

The Giving Tree is such an inspirational book for all ages. The book is about a tree who has everlasting love for a little boy and as he grows up the tree gives him anything to make him happy. The tree gives him apples, branches, the trunk, in order to follow the adulthood criteria (money, a house, a family, and travel). The man is a metaphor for selfishness. The book teaches us to not take someone for granted and to give more than you receive. @grumpkat of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 27, 2020

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Jul 26, 2019

Love the story and heartfelt emotions inspired by such simplicity! A tale for both children and adults as often we take for granted the love we are given. "Empathy", as another has commented is an important lesson and "Sacrificial Love" so beautifully expressed makes this story timeless.

Jul 24, 2019

I think this story is appropriate for parents, but not young children. It's a story of giving all of yourself to the point of destruction.

The tree gives everything it has until it it only a stump, and the boy never shows love or respect for the tree.

The message I would want readers to get is, don't be like the tree and let others, even those you love, harm you. It's appropriate to say "no" to protect yourself, and in protecting yourself, you can help others learn to establish safe boundaries for themselves, and in maintaining yourself, you can better serve others better and longer.

May 20, 2019

Love the message

happyphi Feb 17, 2019

One of my all time childhood favourites! The whole story progresses at a nice rate, which relates a lot to reality. It's written thoughtfully and easy to read with black and white illustrations. HOWEVER, please beware of a sad ending...

I have learnt not to take life for granted and to cherish everything that we have. What goes around, comes around...A truly meaningful and heartfelt story to read at any time with valuable lessons to learn and educate our future generations!!!!

Dec 20, 2018

Such a delightful and touching tale! And its so short! The oddity of the tree portrayed as a saint, and the contrast with a good boy, really emphasizes the limitations of humans.

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Jul 25, 2014

A tree loves little boy unconditionally, even though he doesn't always return that love.

vernessa7 Jun 09, 2013

boy always goes to the giving tree and the tree gives him fruit and when he gets older he only comes to the giving tree for money and older he wants a house and even older he wants a boat and the oldest he wants a place to sits so he gets everything he wants. by michael

Jul 11, 2011

Classic, sensitive parable about selflessness.


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Jul 29, 2015

And the tree was happy but not really

Jul 11, 2011

Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy..


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