Review- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


“And the boy loved the tree…very much

And the tree was happy.”

    This book is one in which holds many meanings. As a mother of two a story such as this provides a great opportunity to teach a child the relationship a parent might have to a child, especially as the child grows.

    The book starts out with a tree who loved a little boy very much, and a boy who in turn loved the tree back. The tree provides the boy with fun, food and shade so the boy can rest, and the boy in turn provides the tree with companionship and love.


“But time went by.

And the boy grew older.”

   Eventually the boy starts getting older, and as life happens, the tree finds herself alone more often. The boy continues to visit the tree, though each time he returns he has aged. Though the tree wishes to have the boy play and love on her as he did before, she now finds the boy distracted and in need. The tree does what she can to help, so as to make the boy happy again.Image

“Then you will be happy.”

   With each need the boy expresses the tree comes up with a solution, each of which sacrifices something of herself to in turn make the boy happy. The boy once provided with a solution leaves, only to come back having again aged and with a new need. Eventually he returns as an old man and though the tree is happy she fears she has nothing left to give. Image

“I wish that I could give you something…but I have nothing left….”

   This time though the boy finds the tree to be all that he needs, and the books leaves off with the two of them yet again together and happy.

“And the tree was happy.”

Seeing as this is categorized as a children’s book, and I being parent, I felt the book was maybe above the understanding of younger children (seeing as my son was saddened by the tree’s sacrifice, and did not quite understand why the tree did what it did). But as I said before there is a lesson that can be taught to children (such as my five year old son) as to why someone, such as the tree, might make such a sacrifice for the love of a boy.

As a parent we spend many years providing for our children fun times, food, shelter and love, and our children provide us with love in return. As they grow older though, they too will become busy with other activities in their lives and won’t be around as much, but as a parent we will continue to provide and love them regardless of what we get in return.This book is a great way to explain to our children the sacrifice that parents are willing to make for their children and that, like the tree, we will always be there for them to love them and provide for them.


About charii23

My name is Charissa, I am an inverted, self-taught artist as well as a wife and mother of two. I am a Christian with a faith that was built from the inside out, influenced only by music and beautiful sceneries. I have many strong passions in life, including hobbies I like to practice on a daily basis, such as photography, painting, writing, reading and most recently blogging. I've spent the last couple years mostly as a homemaker with my two kids. As much as I love my life at home with my kids I've spent most my life working and making an income for myself. For years before I had met my husband I worked as a preschool/daycare teacher in a toddler classroom where I was able to utilize the artist in me, creating crafts and art projects for my toddlers. Prior to that I had worked in and out of different coffee shops and daycares, both jobs I loved deeply. Now with two kids it just isn't the logical option to go to work, but neither do I want to be a homemaker for the rest of my life. I've had dreams since I was little to be something big in life. A big time photographer for National Geographic, an artist for a company like Disney or Pixar, an author for a popular book series like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. All of which I hold the talents, I was just never paved a path or given the opportunity to be any of these. My life held a lot of ups and downs and it wasn't until recently, as my kids are becoming older and more independent, did I decide if I wasn't going to make it to college or placed on any other fast track program to making my dreams come true, then I am just going to have to try to get myself as far as my bare natural talents can take me. That is what led me to blogging. If I can't publish a book right now, then I'll spend my time reading them and expanding my knowledge on writing. I'm hoping to become more recognized as a blogger/book reviewer with hopes that when the time comes to get a book published my name will already be recognizable to an extent. As much as I would like writing to be my career I don't exactly know whether that is where God wants me. I have other talents I could very well use to build a career for myself. None of which are going to make me money right away. That is where I hand God the reins and pray he guides me. I don't know where I am headed, I only pray my journey starts to take off soon.

Posted on January 16, 2013, in Book Reviews, Getting My Foot in the Door and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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