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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
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Feb 02, 2008

really liked it

This book always made me sad. I more identified with the tree and felt angry towards the child who'd taken for granted what s/he was given by the tree. The tree was broken down further and further in parts until nothing was left but a stump for which the child used as a seat. Yes, perhaps the tree relished it's purpose in the universe for the child and more power to it for that self-actualization; but conversely it seemed a metaphor for a very typical American lifestyle in which one continually consumes and consumes without ever stopping to appreciate or preserve that from which we take.

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What? Only three stars? :) I love, love, love this book. When I was working as a trainer for Educational Testing Services, the group I trained gave me this book as a present, because one of the prompts we did was about a tree.

I enjoy reading this book to others.

Michele You know what! You are so right! I kept rating books that popped up in my side bar. At a moments glance I presumed this to be Silverstein's 2nd book of poetry, (the one right after "Where the Sidewalk Ends" But this one is not that and I do love this book, even though in the end it makes me feel guilty because it reminds me of my poor selfless mother and how we used and abused her patience as children. :-(

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