Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A To Z Challenge: BOOK NOOK REVIEWS "G"






Title: The Giving Tree

Author/Illustrator: Shel Silverstein
Publisher: Harper & Row Publishing

Ages: All Ages

"Once there was a tree and she loved a little boy."



Synopsis: A deeply touching story of one big tree, one little boy, and the magic that can happen when love is freely given.

Why I liked it: Over the years I have quite literally read thousands of books but NONE have touched my spirit like this one. Every time I read it (and I've read it hundreds of times over the years) tears well up as I can feel the love the tree has for the little boy. It is such a beautiful story of what its like to be unconditionally loved.

20 comments:

  1. Hi Donna .. it sounds an endearing story .. and the Gift of a book could open many a small child's heart ...

    This looks a fun read - cheers Hilary

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    1. Oh, HIlary...if you have any way to get a copy of this book and read it, you should! The little boy in the book doesn't fully understand the depth of the tree's love and sacrifice until the end of the book. I hope one day to have the power over words like this author had...

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  2. I absolutely LOVE Shel Silverstein.

    Found your blog through the AtoZ list and it's great to meet you! Looking forward to reading more. :)

    Untethered Realms

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    1. Hi Julie and welcome to my blog! Funny how one of the most magical books I've ever read is the ONLY one of his books I care for...lol...but THIS one makes up for all the rest...;~)

      I love YOUR A to Z theme by the way and I agree...the latest Dracula guy sure is purty!

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  3. I love Shel Silverstein but this is one book that deeply disturbed me. But childhood to old age the boy was horribly selfish and never seemed to get it.

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    1. HI Bish! I'm the exact opposite...THE GIVING TREE is the only book of his that I liked. I too was very disturbed that the main character never seemed to recognize the sacrifices the tree made for him, but I like to think that as an old man sitting on that stump him to begin to realize the depth of that unconditional love. That's my hope anyway...;~)

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  4. I am a Silverstein fan. And this book always makes me cry.

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    1. HI Janet! This is the ONLY one of his books I have in my collection and you KNOW how much I LOVE this book! ;~)

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! My, what a wonderful book you've chosen for G. I'll always remember the giving tree, and I'm going to see if I can get an English copy here in Korea without paying a fortune in shipping. It's an essential book for my children!

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    1. Hi there and welcome to my blog! I have physically visited about 500 different blogs so far for the A to Z Challenge so I snuck back over to yours to remind myself which one it was and now I'm a new follower! I'm a fan of folk tales and mythology so I will be following your theme with great interest. Good luck finding THE GIVING TREE. I'd send you mine but couldn't possibly bear to part with it...;~)

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  6. I've read lots of Shel's but I don't have this one. I must read it. I think I've flicked through it a library before now.

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    1. Hi Catherine! I can not say enough how you need to read this book...;~)

      Study the simple black and white artwork...look at the powerful words he chooses to tell the story...and have a box of hankies handy...lol...

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  7. This always made me cry when I read it. I think it still probably would.

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    1. Hi Lee! I think this book should be in every library around the world. I can't explain how this bookaffected me the first time I read it many years ago and it still does to this day...

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    1. Hi Genevieve! I find it amazingly interesting that it is the ONLY Shel Silverstein book that I like...go figure...;~)

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    1. Hi Erik! Have you read it? If I had the money I would make sure every child had their own copy to cherish...;~)

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  10. I've never read this book. I will have to check and see if any of my grandchildren have read it.

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    1. HI Kristin! I would encourage you to check it out the next time you are at the library...or even get it from Amazon...I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of feeling this touching story evoked...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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