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Whenever I am invited to a baby shower, this is always a gift from my husband & myself. I have even chose this book as a house warming gift. 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 feelingsteaches about selfishnessteaches about selflessnessteaches about caringteaches about givingthis 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 Check it out!
Amazon.com Review To say that this particular apple tree is a “giving tree” is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein’s popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once carved into the tree as a child that said “M.E. + T.” “And then the tree was happy… but not really.” When there’s nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. “And the tree was happy.” While the message of this book is unclear (Take and take and take? Give and give and give? Complete self-sacrifice is good? Complete self-sacrifice is infinitely sad?), Silverstein has perhaps deliberately left the book open to interpretation. (All ages) –Karin Snelson
The Giving Tree Hardcover – February 18, 2014 by Shel Silverstein (Author) Review
It seems to me that at least a few of readers who offered a review has some deeply rooted issues they are transferring onto the characters in this children’s book. When we love someone we give of ourselves until there is nothing left for us to give. With that said. …the little boy always came back to the tree (mother figure) not to take advantage of, but rather to draw from. We all have had someone in our lives we drew from. Be it strength. courage, wisdom or resources. As such they become a part of us. ..forever. And in the end when that representative is no longer with us we look for an external memento to keep them with us. The chair in this case did both. It kept the tree with the boy whom had now himself grown old and even more so, even in death this tree (mother figure) continued to support In the form of a chair) and be a part of his life. Surely you’ve experienced a loss at some point and I’m sure you have something which keeps that loss close. Even if only a memory. Like I have told my own children. ..someday I will be called home, but if they keep me in their hearts. ..I will live there forever. …and when its their time. ….I’ll be waiting to welcome them. Morbid? Reality ?LOVE. .. -Read Reviews-
I am a grown woman and this children’s book still makes me cry everytime. I got the hard bound addition so my kids could hold onto it. I have optimism it won’t get destroyed. The Giving Tree is a must read. It teaches empathy, love, altruism, and touches on human greed. The tree should have a bit more self respect, but we all know the tree is basically a representation of parenting and we never stop giving, do we? It’s a wonderful tale, and the closest explanation of a parents love for a child as we can put into words and pictures. I believe this is a beautiful book that will be cherished generation to generation. The Giving Tree is a timeless classic, and a beautiful gift to children and parents.
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