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.
“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.
“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.
Posted on January 16, 2013, in Book Reviews, Getting My Foot in the Door and tagged Book Review, Books, Children's Book Review, Children's Books, Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.