The Giving Tree makes me cry!

by Kimberly Romero
(Denver, CO)

Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree

Each time I read The Giving Tree I well up with a kind of emotion that moves me to tears!


Its premise is so simple. The illustration is quite basic. It is just the very idea of a boy communing so closely with nature, then taking advantage of her in a sort of ravishing way, then taking comfort in the stump he himself has created, floors me every time.

I suppose it hits to close to home for what is happening to this chaos of a planet we live on today.

Thank you Sheldon for your fantastic contributions to this world! You have given humanity an insightful yet simple type of meta-physics which can be enjoyed by children of any age.

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May 10, 2013
Conflicted about The Giving Tree
by: Steve B. (webmaster)

Kimberly, I'm giving you five stars, because I can't disagree with a word you say. But the truth is, I can't stand The Giving Tree. (In fact, you can read my review of it here.) But here's the thing....

When I read it, it never occurs to me to think that the tree simply stands for nature! To me it's always been symbolic of a parent - a parent of a really rotten kid. I've always detested the selflessness of the tree, giving and giving to someone incapable of appreciation.

The next time I read it, I'm going to keep your interpretation in mind. Maybe I'll think better of it!

Dec 06, 2009
Shel Silverstein's books are wonderful!
by: H. W. Baker

I am a long time fan of Shel Silverstein's books. Where the Sidewalk Ends was always on the short rotation in our household when it came to reading to my children!

H.W. Baker

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