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The Giving Tree

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The Greatest Love of All

10 years, 11 months ago at Nov 28 15:34
3 votes
Just reading the description brings me back to the tears I cried long ago when I read this. Such selflessness of unconditional love. A great and bountiful tree gives all that it has out of its love for the child. Her leaves, apples, her branches, trunk, everything for his happiness. The relationship between the tree and the boy is very much similiar to that between a mother and her child; despite ... read more


11 years, 11 months ago at Dec 4 20:59
1 vote
so adorable and inspiring, a must-read for all kids.

The Controversy!

10 years, 11 months ago at Nov 28 15:36
1 vote
"Is this a sad tale? Well, it is sad in the same way that life is sad. We are all needy, and, if we are lucky and any good, we grow old using others and getting used up. Tears fall in our lives like leaves from a tree. Our finitude is not something to be regretted or despised, however; it is what makes giving (and receiving) possible. The more you blame the boy, the more you have to fault human ex... read more
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Description: 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 ... (more)
Manufacturer: Harper & Row
Release date: 20 April 1964
ISBN-10 : 0060256656 | ISBN-13: 9780060256654
Tags: Childrens (5), United States (3), 1960s (3), Fiction (3), Picture Book (2), Friendship (2), 1964 (2), Storybook (1), Love (1), Sacrifice (1), 1940-1969 (1), North America (1), Illustrated (1), Children (1), Children's (1), Inspirational (1), Short (1), Drama (1), Low Fantasy (1), BookCrossing Release (1)
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Books Read in School (26 books items)

"It's a classic alright. I mostly hear it from one of my close friends who jokes about how dark this story is."

Anna Pataky added this to owned list 2 years, 2 months ago
vnnlng rated this 8/10 2 years, 4 months ago
Director Black rated this 8/10 2 years, 6 months ago
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