'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 which offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
'The Giving Tree' was included on a list of 100 favourite children's books, as voted for by children.
The Giving Tree
One of, if not the most touching, beautiful children's parables I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Shel Silverstein has created a story that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. We could all learn a little something from The Giving Tree and her friend the little boy. reviewed by 01jl