The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein

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Lexile reading levels, a peek inside, and more

The Giving Tree

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,
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this time just looking for a quiet place to sit. And the tree was happy.

This 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.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Reading Stats
Interest Level:  all ages      DRA Level: 16-18
Reading Level:  age 4-8      Lexile Measure: 530L

Great for teaching 
service / helping others / self-sacrifice (Character Educ.)
great for reading on Mother's Day and/or Father's Day

Awards & Rating

Avg Amazon Customer Rating: 
4 stars (697 reviews)
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Peek Inside
The 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.

The Giving Tree

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