The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree

"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 wit...


Details The Giving Tree

TitleThe Giving Tree
ISBN9780060256654
Author
Release DateOct 7th, 1964
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages64 pages
GenreChildrens, Classics, Picture Books, Fiction
Rating

Reviews The Giving Tree

  • David
    2010-12-03
    HEY, KIDS AND SHEL SILVERSTEIN FANS! COME OVER HERE AND READ THIS!Okay, this some motherfuckin' fucked-up shit right here. The Giving Tree is the straight-up wack story of how this selfish little ass-faced prick kicks it with this full-on saintly tree. Ever'thin' fine for a while, y'all, with the lil' prick all gettin' up in there an' sayin' to the tree, "Yeah, you know you mah bitch," but then all of a sudden, this jumped-up prick go through pub...
  • Nathan
    2008-01-08
    I know that many people have a sentimental love for this book, and I respect that -- you can't rationalize emotional connection. And generally, I like this author. But with this book, since it inspired no real emotional response in me, I am left with only the rational perspective, which in me was this: This book troubles me deeply, because it enshrines self-destructive and self-pitying martyrdom as the paragon of love for others. And I think ther...
  • Patrick
    2014-09-28
    I recently read this book to my little boy. It's not the first time I've read it. It's probably not even the tenth time. But it's the first time I've read the book in a decade, and given the fact that my memory is like a cheese grater, I like to think I got a pretty fresh experience. The result is this: I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. Even if you haven't read the story, you probably know the gist of it. A tree loves a young boy ...
  • Sava Hecht
    2007-11-28
    Co-dependent tree needs to set some fucking boundaries.
  • Mer
    2007-04-20
    Scrolling down, it seems several reviewers resent this book's apparently heavy-handed message about selfishness/selflessness. I can totally understand why they find it upsetting or sappy. Overbearing, even. But I don't agree.Some fascinating theories have been put forth about The Giving Tree. It's deceptively simple on its surface, yes. But if this were truly just some hard and fast hippie dippy morality tale, would its two main characters (livin...
  • Benjermin
    2007-11-26
    Yes, the boy is a selfish bastard, who doesn't deserve the love and generosity he gets time and again. Anyone who read this book as a child is well aware of this fact.Nonetheless, I'm shocked to see how many disliked it. My only thought is that many readers allow their hatred for the boy to be confused with hatred for the book. Does the book condone the boy's behavior, or simply seek to tell a narrative? Does the quality of a book suffer when the...
  • Skylar Burris
    2007-12-23
    I was drawn to this book again and again as a child, and I discovered that my three-year-old daughter also wanted me to read it to her repeatedly. The book has given rise to numerous interpretations, and I myself have viewed it differently over time. Some people have a negative, visceral reaction to the book because they believe they are required to see it as a positive and uplifting tale of giving, something they cannot manage to do. These days,...
  • Mischenko
    2017-02-23
    Please visit our blog at www.twogalsandabook.com to see this and other reviews! The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a must read for children. It's a story that can bring tears to your eyes. Children can learn about the importance of caring, giving, and how we should treat others. This essential and childhood favorite still remains a part of our home library. 5*****
  • TK421
    2011-05-26
    So it is Christmas time, and my wife likes to have all of us—my wife and I, and our three years old twins—do a different event each night during Advent as a family. I like this practice; it is little things like this that keep our family strong. Tonight’s event was reading Christmas themed books.We decided to read THE GIVING TREE as well as three other Christmas books. Had I foreseen what was about to transpire I would have omitted THE GIVI...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2012-08-23
    The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein عنوان: درخت بخشنده؛ نویسنده: شل سیلورستاین؛ مترجم: سیما مجیدزاده؛ مشهد، گل آفتاب، 1383 در 55 ص؛ شابک: 9645599326؛ چاپ هفتم 1388؛ چاپ دهم 1392، شابک: 9789645599322؛ موضوع: داستانهای خیال انگیز از نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 ممترجم: هایده کروبی؛ تهران، ...
  • Brian Yahn
    2013-08-06
    The Giving Tree will rip your heart out in 621 words.We all know and love Shel Silverstein for his whimsical poems, but The Giving Tree is both one of the saddest and most hopeful stories ever told. Pure and utter genius, this one is.
  • Nilesh Kashyap
    2012-03-11
    I try to steal books written for children, since I am no giving tree and I am not paying for what my child reads. But this book, each time I read this (at the bookshop itself), I thrust it back to the place from where I took it, angrily, if I may add. This book does not deserve to be stolen. What makes me angry:Each time I read this story, all I want to do is to insert my hand in bookcover, catch that falling fruit and saw the tree and take it ho...
  • Morgan
    2009-04-06
    Horrific relationship between a selfish unappreciative child and an enabling self-sacrificing mother who has no purpose in life other than to give herself away. I keep expecting a missing page to show up where he pisses all over the tree stump at the end.I think this is offensive and despicable.It is a horrible lesson for children. I'd rather see more literature that honors and respects the sacrifices that parents make, rather than this book's ac...
  • Merrin
    2007-08-29
    Reading the other reviews on this book, I'm really surprised that there's such a level of hatred for this book. But then I thought everyone else in the world loved my fourth grade teacher too. We have to grow up sometime. I can't imagine not loving this book. I can imagine berating the attitude of the boy, of the tree, but I can't imagine not coming away from this book with a deeper understanding of human nature, of reciprocity, of a parent's lov...
  • Afshar
    2016-10-15
    من دلم می خواست می توانستم به تو چیزی بدهماما چیزی برایم باقی نمانده. من فقط یک کنده پیر...و کهنسالم. متاسفمممنون عموشلبی عزیزکه به یادم آوردی «مادر» چه وجود مقدسی استکه عظمت عشقش فراتر از درک ماستپسرک بزرگ شد و مرد شد و بعد پیرمرد، ولی هیچوقت از درخت ...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2016-07-18
    Shel Silverstein is truly one of the greatest American poets for kids. The Giving Tree is a wonderful story about friendship and ageing. No spoilers, but don't let your kids miss out on this absolutely gorgeous story!
  • Carol
    2010-02-09
    My 5-year-old daughter had this read to her in preschool and burst into uncontrollable sobs at the end. "It's not fair! The tree is DEAD and the little boy was so mean to it!"Exactly, honey. This book reeks of the patriarchy. Keep it away from your kids--especially your daughters.
  • Jeremy
    2007-06-07
    The book is impossible to wrap my mind around. Part of me wishes it ended thusly: the tree suggests the boy chop her down to make a boat, he takes her advice, and the tree falls on him, killing them both. The moral being a quote I've heard attributed to Bill Cosby: If you spend your whole life trying to make other people happy, YOU'LL never be happy. The boy is punished for all but raping the one who cares more for him than anyone in the world, a...
  • Kenny
    2008-10-22
    “Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.” Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree I recently reread Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. It was the first time in many years I have read it. I love this book; I always have, but reading it as an adult, over 30, was so different this time around. The warm fuzzies of past reads were missing. Now, it made me feel sad, and empty. This time around, I saw it not as a parable of generosity and lov...
  • Wendy Darling
    2011-05-03
    "I am sorry," sighed the tree. I wish that I could give you something...but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump. I am sorry....""I don't need very much now," said the boy,"Just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.""Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,"Well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."And the boy did.And the tree was happy.
  • Kiki
    2011-07-21
    I'm baffled by The Giving Tree. Completely baffled.When people talk about it, they never tell you just how twisted it really is. There's this vague whiff of patriarchy surrounding it, as well as the running theme of "parents aren't really people. Use them whenever you feel like it. They haven't got anything better to do than serve your whims and desires anyway".I get it, I do. When you have small children, they depend on you for pretty much every...
  • Laura
    2007-07-13
    Easily the most vile children's book ever written, for reasons eloquently stated by about a zillion other posters here. I remember my grandmother, whom I disliked (yeah, some kids don't like their grandparents, it's true) used to push this book on me as terribly DEEP and BEAUTIFUL and something I should really THINK ABOUT. And you wonder why I didn't like my grandmother? (My mother thought it was a piece of shit, too.) Anyway, it's a vomitous boo...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2013-03-08
    Here's the book I really want to read:
  • Jon
    2007-12-31
    My wife and I had a debate about this book:VONNIE: I’m not sure at what age a person discovers the joy of giving. Maybe, for me, it was that first Christmas when I had saved up enough of my allowance to actually buy something for my parents. I remember the anticipation of watching them unwrap the gift and then the big smiles that spread across their faces as they said “Vonnie, you shouldn’t have.” I think The Giving Tree is really a story...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    2011-11-10
    Not sure what's the fuss about my friends either really liking or really hating this book. I find this just good. Good message. Good illustration. Good easy read. Nothing spectacular to go crazy about. Nothing sad to really cry a bucket of tears.The Giving Tree is a poignant story of friendship between the selfless apple tree and a boy. They used to enjoy each others' company when the boy was still little but when he grew up, his priorities chang...
  • Meredith
    2007-06-09
    I have always loved this book, so I was surprised at how many reviewers hated it. As a child I wondered how the tree could give so much. Now that I am older, I know that parents/caregivers do give that much to their children/charges (if metaphorically). So are all parents saps? Certainly they do not literally give house and home, but the sacrifices we make for the ones we love have no quantifiable limit. This book isn't supposed to teach children...
  • Jan Bednarczuk
    2007-09-01
    I can't stand this book. Someone gave it to my children as a gift, and I'm very close to hiding it or giving it away so that I don't have to read it to them at bedtime anymore. The selfish, uncaring boy who takes and takes and takes from the tree until the tree literally has nothing more to give, just makes me want to reach through the pages and throttle him. What's the message here? Is it "When someone loves you, it's okay to just take advantage...
  • Duchess Nicole
    2013-05-08
    Good grief! These kids books are slaying me. This was another recommendation from a fellow Goodreads friend, and of course, one that my girls and I loved. I read until I started crying and then made my ten year old finish. It's a story that really parallels how a parent feels about their kids...how we sacrifice everything we have, everything we are just to see a smile on our kids' faces. There is nothing you won't do for your babies. And while th...
  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2008-09-26
    Simply one of the best books ever written. It's a story about growing up, life, love, and pulling your head out of your butt long enough to appreciate and respect what you already have, before it's too late. Though I might revise this review when I'm feeling less cynical, it truly is one of the greatest books of all time, and should be required reading for, or read to, all kindergarten bound children, then again when heading to high school and ye...