BOOK REVIEW: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The_Giving_TreeISBN13: 9780060256654
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing
Publication date: October 7, 1964
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 64 pages


“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.”

So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.


And she loved a boy very, very much– even more than she loved herself.

I didn’t have the chance to read this when I was a child. So when a dear friend brought this book up. I got curious. So, I decided to pick it up since I also heard a lot of great things about this children’s story book.

When I finished the story. I never thought that a children’s book will make me emotional. In that 64 pages, it perfectly demonstrates how one person could love selflessly to the point that they cannot give anything anymore but they will still give you themselves in order for you to be happy without asking for anything in return.

This book strongly speaks of love but not just any other love, but agape love. A perfect read for kids all of ages. I’m definitely reading this to my future kids.


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