Friday, July 1, 2011

Bedtime Story: The Giving Tree

Synopsis from Goodreads: "'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."

My Review: This was another book I don't recall my parents reading to me or my brother, but I do love it! It is such a touching story but one that in our current times can be a reminder that we just take and take from nature and don't remember to give back until it is too late.  I love the simple drawings of the book, they convey the message beautifully. This is one I will definitely be reading to my own family.

My Rating:  I love everything about this book so can't give it any less than Four Paws and a Stump Wag!

Good Night, Sweet Dreams


  1. Love this book! Actually I think I probably love most of Silverstein's work and have since I was a child.

  2. Silverstein's other books (especially Where the Sidewalk Ends) made up a good portion of my childhood as well! I'm just surprised I didn't remember this one, its really a great book!