book review, DRA and
Lexile reading levels, a peek inside, and more
In The Giving Tree,
a little boy loved a tree, and the tree loved the little boy. Every
day, the boy would play in the shadow of the tree, eating its apples
and sliding down its trunk and swinging from its branches. But in time, the boy
grew into a man and their relationship changed.
Soon the man needed things,
things that the tree could provide. And so the tree provided what she
could because the tree was happy when she could make the 'boy' happy,
even when all that was
left of her was a stump. In time, the man grows old and returns to the tree yet again,
this time just looking for a quiet place to sit. And the tree was happy.
is a classic book for
teaching children of all ages about self-sacrifice and giving. I
absolutely loved this book as a child, as did many of my friends. I
think sometimes we discount the books from our own childhood years as
'old news' or dated. This is definitely not one to be discounted. A
whole new generation of children need to be exposed to this tender
story of love and sacrifice.
spread on the left is definitely my favorite spread from inside The Giving Tree!
It shows the boy who loved the tree being hugged by the tree who loved
the boy. :) So adorable. If you are not familiar with the story, this
spread takes place at the beginning of the book, when the tree is still
full and the boy is still young. The other sample page is also at the
beginning, and talks about how the boy played in the shadow of the
tree, even using the tree's leaves to make a "King of the Forest' crown.