Posted in 2013

Throwback Thursday: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


Throwback Thursday

The idea for this meme is to think back to memorable books from our childhood and to tell us why you loved them and you can even review them now.

 If you would like to add your TT, please leave us a comment with your link and we will head on over to your blog and check it out!

 Thanks to Kele for the meme suggestion!

Mal’s Throwback Thursday!
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The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein
Harper & Row (October 7, 1964)
Pages 64

 ‘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.

A touching story of a tree that loves the dickens out of a little boy. The love is mutual and both are quite happy. The boy grows older, his needs change, in order for the boy to attain happiness, the tree gives the boy everything. The boy eventually leaves and the tree is alone left with absolutely nothing, the tree is barren, somewhat happy but not like the tree was before. Finally the boy returns and the barren tree has nothing left to give. In his return, the boy no longer wants a thing from the tree, only the friendship they shared, both are happy as they were in the beginning.

The Giving Tree brings back some beautiful memories. I of course, shared this book with my son and was so happy he loved the book as much as I did. The magical part of this book….it’s not limited to children, adults enjoy this book just as much if not more. If you haven’t read The Giving Tree you are truly missing out.

I fell in love with this book the first time it was read to me, and to this day it remains one of my favorites. When the story was first introduced to me at a very tender age, I knew it was sad but couldn’t quite figure out why. Realizing later the theme – unconditional love, explains why the tree was so sad. The ending is the best part – the boy returns more mature and appreciative and the trees love is upheld.

My parents purchased this treasure for me due to the lesson it revealed. I clearly remember my mom saying the tree was a mom – the tree felt sadness when the boy no longer needed the tree. She said all moms hope their children return at some point to be together and happy. If you have ever loved with everything you will undoubtedly comprehend the choice in this outstanding book. A wonderful gift to give to those you love regardless of their age. The Giving Tree is a timeless classic.

What is your Throwback Thursday?
Mal

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