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'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 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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Every family must have this book. It offers a great life lesson.
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First, I can't believe the negative comments on this book! I have nothing but good to say about it. It's one of my favorite stories!
There are a lot of different ways you can interpret this book I suppose. I like to think of it like our relationship with God. The tree is God and we are the little selfish child. We are selfish, sinful people and God continues to love us unconditionally. In the end we know the best place to be is in the presence of God. We all need to work on being more like the "tree"
I cry when I read this book because it's sad. It has a good message about unselfish love and children will probably like it. However, it's so one-sided and selfish on the child's part that I think it sets a really bad example. The boy, as he grows older, continues to want something from the tree and the tree more or less gives up it's life for the boy. The boy never thanks the tree and only visits it when he wants something. I don't understand why this doesn't seem to bother anyone else.
this charming story of giving is a joy to read. the illustrations are simple, yet beautiful, as is the story itself. No library is complete without this book.
I don't remember who or when I received this book as a child but I am 32 years old now and this is still my very favorite children's book. It is basically a metaphor for the love between a parent and child over the course of their lifetimes. Simple but touching story about unconditional love.
When I was in college my sorority used this story at every initiation ceremony and other times throughout the year. It is such a simple, but powerful story of giving. I'll never forget the first time I heard it. I can't wait to pass this story down to my son.
There's no reciprocation, nor thanks for the love the tree gives. The boy takes, greedy and selfish, until the tree has nothing left to give. I believe in unconditional love, and the Golden Rule. If my children end up as "Giving Tree" examples, I would consider myself a failure as a parent.
I love this story. It is a perfect example of unconditional love. I still read it and I'm 22. I can't wait to share it with my little one. It still has the power to choke me up!
I recieved this book when I was in 2nd grade. I am now 24 years old, and it is still my favortie book. I give it as a gift to all new mothers, because every child should have this book in their collection.
Neither my husband nor I had read this book before someone gave it to us for our daughter. He read it first and was appalled, saying he difinitely didn't want our little girl to have this story. I was surprised, because I'd heard only good things about it and because my husband is a very open-minded person. When I read the book, I understood. This is not just about unconditional love, but about boundaryless giving and about taking without any giving back. One cannot encourage giving and giving until the giver dies of it. One cannot encourage taking and taking without ever giving anything (not even love or a simple thank you) in return. It is a terrible book that I wish we'd never been given and that I would never consider giving to someone else.
i'm now 19. my mother bought me this when i was 5. I still keep this book close at hand, and will forever cheirsh it.. its keeper!
When I was in college and finally old enough to appreciate what my parents did for me, I gave them each a copy of this book. I wrote a message in the front and gave my mom one on Mother's Day and my dad one one Father's Day. Needless to say, they both cried. Now that I'm a mother, my dad gave me a copy for my daughter with a message to her in the front. Someday when she's grown, she'll appreciate it even more.
My grandmother used to read this book to me as a child. After all these years, I still remember it. It's a must have!
My aunt gave my 18 month old son this book for Christmas ~ and I remembered it practically word for word from my childhood ~ and I remember loving it. My son is a bit young to grasp the concept I think, but he constantly brings it to me to read, and this book will stick around in his library for years to come ~ its sort of a sad book, but has a beautiful message, and perfect I think for an older toddler up til grammer school. Teaches them about the simple good things, unconditional love and sharing.
I have given this book as a gift to so many people.....It is as timeless as time itself. It is so simple in text yet deep in its meaning and purpose....It is a book of greatness. I have given a copy to both of my children, to my friends, to my family.....It is a gift for all occassions and for all moments and it can be even given as a just because i love you gift at any time in any place all year 'round.......