To say that this particular apple tree is a "giving tree" is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein's popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once carved into the tree as a child that said "M.E. + T." "And then the tree was happy... but not really." When there's nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. "And the tree was happy." While the message of this book is unclear (Take and take and take? Give and give and give? Complete self-sacrifice is good? Complete self-sacrifice is infinitely sad?), Silverstein has perhaps deliberately left the book open to interpretation. (All ages) --Karin Snelson
"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.
Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's moving parable for readers of all ages has offered an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.See all Product Description
Definitely not for kids under 30. The depth of meaning in this illustrated book is well beyond most people's expectation for any child's reading. Very pleased with purchase. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Moca
This was my favourite book growing up. I wish they did not put the author's picture on the back cover though :|Published 5 months ago by KK
I have read this book many years ago and I am really not sure why I bought it recently but even though it was short, I still enjoyed reading it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Came in perfect condition! Brand new and the cheapest price I could find! Was here in a week!Published 7 months ago by Kirsten Faris
My child actually loves this book. Somehow its simple and complicated at the same time and makes for great discussions whilst reading to her.Published 8 months ago by vivsma
The Girlfriend loved this poem by the write when she was younger. The bright smile on her face when she received this as a gift just brought her own "cloud 9".Published 10 months ago by Zaranna the city elf Mage
I loved this book as a child. So happy to share with my nephews!Published 11 months ago by Alisha Mohamed