Friday, October 1, 2010

friday book review: the giving tree

the giving tree
by shel silverstein
suggested reading level: ages 4-8

"once there was a tree... and she loved a little boy." this is the beginning of a story of the gift of giving and acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
the story is about a young boy who would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk; this made the tree happy. as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave.
this is a tender story of unforgettable perception, touched with sadness and joy. the illustrations are simple yet entertaining.

i have always loved this book.
i was emotional after reading it to sam the 1st time 4 years ago,
and i find myself feeling the same way reading it this many years later.
i particularly feel the emotion now as i'm desperately hoping for my children to experience the joy of friendship in their preschool & playgroup.
i hope that even in their young years they will have a friend,
but i hope even more that they will learn the skills now that will enable them to be a friend & have a friend in their futures.
and i hope, like the tree in the story, that they will always enjoy giving.
yet i also hope that they can be like the boy at the end of the story...
content with what a friendship offers,
and not constantly needing to want and to take.
i know that phases of life are lonelier than others,
but i hope they always have at least one true friend that will always walk their road with them.
and perhaps they always will...
they have brothers and a sister and cousins. :)

1 comment:

Briana Walker said...

This is one of my favorite books from when I was a kid. Thanks for the memory.

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