A Story About Giving, Sacrifice and Finding One’s Happiness in Others: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

If you havent heard of a incredibly inspiring book called The Giving Tree by S hel Silverstein, read it. While it is usually seen as ametaphor for how humans exploit nature, I see it as a metaphor for motherhood…especially on my not so good days with the kids. Hope you enjoy it here xx Rowena

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This wonderful story is considered, by some, as a metaphor for how nature keeps giving and giving and giving to us and we keep taking and taking and taking from her, ruthlessly and mercilessly.

There are also other interpretations of the story’s ‘message’, but either way, it is an eye-opener, delivered in a gentle fashion…

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Once there was a tree and she loved a little boy.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

And every day the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide-and-go-seek. And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade. And the boy loved the tree very much. And the tree was happy.

The Giving Tree by Shel SilversteinThe Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Time went by. And the boy grew older. And the tree was often alone.

Then one day…

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One thought on “A Story About Giving, Sacrifice and Finding One’s Happiness in Others: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

  1. Norah

    I do like this book. I was unfamiliar with it until I bought it as part of a gift “package” when my grandson was born. The gift included a small tree and some message stones. I have mixed feelings about the book and am unsure of the message it is portraying. I think the selflessness of the tree is meant to be a positive, but it is not good for anyone to keep on giving until there is nothing left. The selfishness of the boy who keeps on taking until there is nothing left is not to be admired. It could also be used to show that this is what we are doing to earth’s resources – taking and using them without any regard for future supply/use. I like the book because it does give a lot of things to think about and provides many opportunities for discussion of different viewpoints.

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