"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... read more
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Illustrations by author
a tree loved this little boy and he did too and he started picking apples from it. The tree can talk and she did one time and the boy started eating her apples and swinging one her branches.then slide down her branches.
This is my favorite book of all time from childhood on. I love to read it to my kids, but I often struggle to get through it without crying. My kids used to ask why I cried and I would explain what the tree wants from the boy and what the boy wants from the tree. It is the relationship between a child and his mother much of the time. It is tender and it can be sad, if you do not allow the end its due. This is a very good tool to teach kids about what it is to be selfless. It is probably good not to cry the first time you read it to your kids, but even if you do, they will learn something.
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