Albert Benjamin

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Kong King This book is about a co-dependent tree that will sacrifice everything it has to make a non-reciprocating person happy. I'm not quite sure why so many people like it, it does not have educational value except to teach that a poisonous relationship is a lose-lose situation.
Hannah This story speaks strongly of love. Not a romantic love, but agape love. Agape is Greek for 'unconditional love.' That is what I believe is shown by the tree to the boy. He keeps asking for all of this stuff, and she gives it to him as best as she can, because all she wants is him to be happy. No matter what he wanted, she did her best to give it to him. Her apples, her branches, her trunk, then finally her stump. Seeing him happy made her happy. This might not fully answer your question but I hope it helps, at least slightly.
Tamara I completely disagree with what many of these answers say. This is abusive and terrible.
Rena Sherwood The book states that sacrificing yourself for others is great. Actually, in the real world, it's not. The tree really gets screwed in the relationship with this abusive boy.
Barbara Morgan That men have all the power and women exist solely to be exploited.


Sorry, but I don't believe Silverstein ever meant for this book to be taken as a treatise on love.
Le Petite Beauvoir There are three kinds of people in this world. Givers, takers and matchers. The first two are self explanatory. The last kind is the people who match everything. They compliment those who compliment them. If you forget their birthday, they will purposely "forget" yours. They will be there for you only if you are there for them. The point of this book is don't be a taker. Be a giver. And don't be mean to trees, they are awesome.
Samira Elytess This book brought tears to my eyes and gave me a heart-sore.

The moral of the story is that when an imbecile selfish dick rules the world, expect no trees. Just like today...where are our trees and rain forest?
The trees that are home to some animals and give you food,oxygen, medicine, shade, beauty, tranquility, and keeps you company in your joy, sadness,and solitude.

Sheeple will buy into the facade of the story which is "Unconditional" love. Oooh, how cute...

Really!!?

To take advantage of a lover's nurturing personality to the point of ruining them and stripping them from their self-hood is unconditional love!!?? Transferring them from an awe inspiring mighty tree, to an unwanted stump?

Where is Lorax to stand up for the trees?
And
The second flood to rid Mother Earth of Human fleas?
Meghan This book is for children needing to understand the difference between being selfish and giving, the good and the bad sides of both.

The point is to show kids what being selfish results in. It is about the unconditional love that most parental-type adult figures show their kids. Kids ask for things because they are kids. But as they grow older, if they don't learn to recognize the gifts from others around them, they will keep taking and taking. The result is the kids who get everything they ask for grow up and have nothing left at the end. Once the childish adult has used up everything given to him, there is no one around to give him anything.

It's fairly self explanatory. Everyone ascribing other values, such as co-dependence and anti-feminist rhetoric and what not, are simply thinking as an adult that has been crammed full of other life experiences.
Tyrion I felt that the author intended the overall message to be a more positive one--especially given that the target audience is elementary school-aged children. A message of love and sacrifice, of being able to give everything for the person you love without expecting anything back. And this was the message I recalled whenever I had an especially bad fight with my mom. All the horrible things I said and did, and she still showered me with love and devotion. She was my giving tree.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) That enabling just gets you used. I think it would be useful to spark a discussion with a kid about what constitutes a healthy friendship as opposed to letting yourself be reshaped by peer pressure in order to be liked.
Roqayeh represents man's insatiable desire

Human beings are profit-driven
Megha This story is not actually for kids. It is for grown ups. The story gives an implication that too much of unconditional and selfless love will never be understood and appreciated.

I feel bad that till the last the boy never understood the love and sacrifice of the tree. Neither he understood the tree's sacrifice, nor did he feel any sense of gratitude for the tree. That's too bad. :(
Enrique Hernandez The way I see the parable is that it refers to our relationship with live and where we find our contentment. :-)
Mia T. The message in this story is that you will be much happier to see someone else happy than have a bunch of material things. Unconditional love to someone is better than anything else, and you will be much more content in life.
Daye The book is about unconditionally giving because you want to, not because you expect something in return. Its about how when it comes down to it, no one and nothing in this world owes you anything in the end.
Jo I think it means if you care about someone you should give them everything you have, because even when you think you've given all you can there's always something left. The boy thought only about himself, and yet the tree gave him all she could because she cared, and she was still there for him after she gave everything.
Emilio Me It is an unusual kind of love between a boy and a apple tree that helps the boy until he became a man...in which way he helps, must read yourself :-)
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