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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
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Jun 10, 10

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Read in June, 2010

The Giving Tree is about a tree that wants a boy’s attention so she gives different parts of herself to make the boy happy. The tree gives all it has to make the boy happy but he never seems to be satisfied until there is nothing left of both of them to do but just sit there and enjoy each other’s company. The setting is not given in the story the tree is just there and the boy continues to visit the tree, the plot is the boy continues to return to the tree and the tree feels it must make the boy happy. The theme is that you cannot always give something to someone to make your happy or sometimes people lose interest in things and they just come back for whatever you give them. The age appropriateness is for the ages in third to fifth grade they seem to understand how the boy is using the tree. The illustrations are very good for it gives the reader enough to imagine what the boy is going to do with the apples and branches. I believe this is a good book and it shows that some people who are too giving don’t realize that they are being used.
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