Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Giving Tree By: Shel Silverstein

I can remember being read this book at school as a young child.  I remember feeling sad for the tree. This book really stuck with me.  As a child I liked seeing how the boys life progressed and how what he thought he needed changed as he grew older.  I didn't fully understand the book as a child and even as an adult I don't delve too much into the meaning behind the book.  I see it simply as a love story.  One of my favorite things in life is to give and see the pleasure that comes over a person when you have done something special for them.  That feeling is such a gift.

The Giving Tree is about a tree who holds the love of a little boy and he does as well for her.  As a child he plays on her, eats her apples, sleeps in her shade and that makes her happy.  But as the boy grows he begins to need more in his life and doesn't have time for the simple pleasures.  He comes to visit the tree in different stages of his life and eventually depletes the tree of all she has to offer him.  By that time the boy is an old man and she is a stump.  "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."

This book was also one of the first books I heard Isabela reading out loud.  It made me smile so big and after she finished reading it she read it again.  I asked her today why she loves this book and she said "I like that their names are on the tree in a heart."

I want to be the giving tree for my girls.  I want us to be together and have fun and love our whole lives...together.  That will make me happy.

I can't say enough about this book but I can say that it is a truly fantastic read. Share this story with your little ones because everyone who reads it will feel something for this book!

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