Michele's Reviews > The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree
Feb 02, 2008
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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