The Giving Tree

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Book Name: The Giving Tree

Author:  Shel Silverstein

Illustrator: Shel Silverstein

Publisher:  Penguin

Theme/Topic: It is about a relationship between a loving tree that gives and gives to a selfish little boy.

What You’ll Love About This Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a fictional poetic picture book.I came across this book recently  and while the book is written for children, the message is a universal one: Selfless love. I couldn’t help crying when I got to the end.
In the story, the little boy visited the tree every day. He came to eat her apples, swing on her branches, rest, and sit on her trunk. The tree was very happy to have this boy, but one day he stopped coming because he “grew up”.  It is as if the tree symbolized a parent who will happily do anything for their child because they love them. However, the child does not appreciate the “gift of giving”, he only takes and takes.
So our “giving tree” is our parents who constantly gives us everything.Even when the world shuts you down, your parents will always be there for you. The essential moral here is that unconditional love does exist. For me this book is a good read and moreover to understand the depth of this re read it time to time then your child can get the true essence of it.

At the same time I also feel this book either you can love it or hate it also.If you think about it deeply may be you can feel selfless love as beautiful, but why to take it so extreme. Someone can feel this is showing a parent who doesn’t know how to set limits. Anyways this book has something in it we can surely read it with an open mind.

If you read it already what you feel after reading this ?  I will be really happy if you share your thoughts in comments below.

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