The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

eBook - 2014
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As The Giving Tree turns fifty, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in ebook format. This digital edition allows young readers and lifelong fans to continue the legacy and love of a household classic that will now reach an even wider audience. Never before have Shel Silverstein's children's books appeared in a format other than hardcover. Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2014.
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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However you're reading this, it's still an awful sad story.

Children's poetry doesn't get better than this.

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May 20, 2019

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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!!!!

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.

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.

Mar 16, 2018

I thought this was a beautiful and touching story.

AzzieKay Feb 22, 2017

After reading some of the reviews of the book, I have to say I love this book. It's a great conversation book. Yes the boy took and he took. He learns a valuable lesson in the end. Some say it's teaches negative thingsbut as a parent you can talk to your child about why taking and not giving can lead to a life of being lonely and selfish. Also talk about how it can hurt a person feelings if you only take from them and don't give them love back. I think the purpose of this book is to start a conversation with children. Help them build empathy and teach them why having people in your life is better than material items. I will read this book again in my class room and have a conversation with the children. I know my children.always say the boy should have love the tree better and talk how it made them sad. This book is to spark emotions in children. I love it.

Jan 16, 2017

I couldn't understand why boy never give back throughout his life & now I see as elder abuse.

Dec 08, 2016

I don't know how or why I've only just now read this. It's short but packs a lot of emotion. Honestly it made me kind of sad and teary even though it's a children's book.
Why oh why does the boy have to take and take until the tree has nothing left to give? Why oh why does the tree continue to love him so? And the ending. I choked up.

Jun 24, 2016

Great story about relationship between a boy and tree and how the boy changed when he grew up.

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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

Jul 11, 2011

Classic, sensitive parable about selflessness.


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Jul 29, 2015

And the tree was happy but not really

Jul 11, 2011

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


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