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The Giving Tree Hardcover – 14 May 1999
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A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.
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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.
This miniature full-cloth, gold-stamped edition will be treasured by all ages.See all Product description
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For those who are not familiar with the book it is a lovely tale and very well illustrated. Would highly recommend this book and the seller.
It covers the story of a tree and how much it gives to help keep a boy happy from childhood to old age.
The tree is selfless and gives until there is only a stump left but still it has gifts left to give.
The boy is carefree but as he ages he becomes more interested in material things and takes all that the tree offers without a second glance back, how sad that humans can genuinely be this callous.
Are you are giver - like the tree.
Or are you are taker - like the man that the boy becomes.
There are lessons to be learned from this story.
I think it is an interesting talking point, is it suitable for Children? I'd say the ignorance of children wouldn't pull anything too sinister from its pages and they may enjoy re-reading it as a teenager and seeing a whole new perspective.
I had all my friends read it and we all had a good debate about it!
Quite poetic and it definitely stays with you.
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