As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

LiTREEture 2: Silverstein’s GIVING TREE

Welcome to Day 2 of LiTREEture here on DDOA! Today we learn about Shel Silverstein‘s book “The Giving Tree”.

Excerpts from:
by Shel Silverstein

Once there was a tree….

and she loved a little boy.

And everyday the boy would come

and he would gather her leaves

and make them into crowns

and play king of the forest.

He would climb up her trunk

and swing from her branches

and eat apples.

And they would play hide-and-go-seek.

And when he was tired,

he would sleep in her shade.

And the boy loved the tree….
very much.

And the tree was happy.

But time went by.

And the boy grew older…

Read the whole story on All Poetry

The Giving Tree book cover
from Wikipedia

Here’s a plot summary from Wikipedia:

Shel Silverstein
Photo from Good Reads

The book follows the lives of a female apple tree and a male human who are able to communicate with each other; the tree addresses the human as “Boy” his entire life. In his childhood, the boy enjoys playing with the tree, climbing her trunk, swinging from her branches, and eating her apples. However, as time passes he starts to make requests of the tree.  After entering adolescence, the boy wants money; the tree suggests that he pick and sell her apples, which he does. After reaching adulthood, the boy wants a house; the tree suggests he cut her branches to build a house, which he does. After reaching middle age, the boy wants a boat; the tree suggests he cut her trunk to make a boat, which he does, leaving only a stump.In the final pages, the boy (now a shriveled old man) wants only “a quiet place to sit and rest,” which the stump provides. The story ends with the sentence “And the tree was happy.” Read more…

A Little About Shel Silverstein

“Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930, in Chicago. Silverstein studied music and established himself as a musician and composer, writing songs including “A Boy Named Sue,” popularized by Johnny Cash, and Loretta Lynn’s “One’s on the Way.” Silverstein also wrote children’s literature, including The Giving Tree and the poetry collection A Light in the Attic. He died in 1999…” Read more about  the very talented and versatile SHEL SILVERSTEIN on BIO
Below is a claymation film 
Directed & Animated by Nandia Baterdene
According to Wikipedia:
“The book has generated opposing opinions on how to interpret the relationship between the tree and the boy. The possible interpretations include:
  • The tree represents God or Jesus and the boy represents humankind.
  • The tree represents Mother Nature and the boy represents humankind.
  • The tree and the boy are friends (i.e., “the message of the tale is seen as a relation between adults”).
  • The tree and the boy have a parent-child relationship.
A 1998 study using phenomenographic methods found that Swedish children and mothers tended to interpret the book as dealing with friendship, while Japanese mothers tended to interpret the book as dealing with parent-child relationships.” Read more…
Many charitable wish-drives for children around Christmas
and beyond take inspiration from the giving tree. 
Here are a few examples:
In California- The Family Giving Tree 
‘Support the Holiday Wish Drive and fulfill a child’s wish this season!’
In Virginia- The Angel Tree
‘No child deserves to feel forgotten and alone.
When you partner with Angel Tree,
you help prisoners’ children know they’re not forgotten.
In Chicago- The Giving Tree 
Helping Chicago Children in Need
View a video about The Giving Tree program here
The Giving Tree 
as interpreted by other artists:
The Giving Tree Garden
Holon, Israel
The Giving Tree 
Illustrated by Diana Ling
The Giving Tree 
iPhone case by Squiggle
The Giving Tree 
Nail Art by The Nail Artiste
Teacher’s Corner:
Here are some examples on how to use “The Giving Tree” as a Teaching Tool:

1.A Giving Journal from ehow:
The boy in “The Giving Tree” accepts gifts from the tree his whole life, without giving it anything in return. Students can begin to understand the importance of reciprocity and appreciation by starting a giving journal.
Each student should start with a blank booklet that he can decorate. He should then carefully record everything that is given to him and that he gives to others on a daily basis. Encourage students to think of not only the tangible things but also abstract things like respect, confidence and affection.
At the end of the week, each student should take time to reflect on what he has given and been given, and write a conclusion to his journal explaining the importance of appreciation and giving and how it relates to the book. Read more on ehow
“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, 
but from what we give.” 

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