The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Harper & Row,, [1964]
©1964
Copyright Date: ©1964
ISBN: 9780060256654
0060256656
9780060256661
0060256664
9780060586751
0060586753
Branch Call Number: E Silverstein
Characteristics: 57 unnumbered pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Harper & Row, Publishers

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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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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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azulpig
Jun 27, 2020

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sweetwildhoney
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.

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LCFShaw
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.

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elfiereads
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!!!!

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1aa
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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deb_on_the_web
Dec 13, 2018

This is my most favorite kids's book EVER. Honestly, I feel like every single household should have this book, regardless of if they have children at all. This book is incredibly meaningful for every human at all ages. Shel Silverstein really was a wonderful man with an amazing power over words. Do not miss out on this book!

JCLBeckyC Aug 24, 2018

One of my all-time favorite books. Some might say the Tree and the Boy have a co-dependent relationship, and I get it. In real life it's not healthy to give and give and give of yourself to someone who doesn't ever reciprocate. But I think we all can learn a few things about kindness and caring and generosity and sacrificial love from this big, beautiful tree who allows itself to die so its favorite boy can live his life to the fullest.

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Linyarai
Mar 16, 2018

I thought this was a beautiful and touching story.

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Faithgirlk
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

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bdls206
Jul 11, 2011

Classic, sensitive parable about selflessness.

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CursoryGosling
Jul 29, 2015

And the tree was happy but not really

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bdls206
Jul 11, 2011

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

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