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The Giving Tree. By Shel Silverstein. Narrators , Boy, Tree. Narrator 1: Once there was a tree Narrator 2: And she loved a little boy. Narrator 3: And. The tree loved the boy very much. Everyday the boy played under the tree. He picked up flowers and made “green” tale ever. An adaptation of Shel Silverstien's classic The Giving Tree. tree was still happy. (Illustrations by Dilip Chinchalkar). The Giving Tree, a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has.
Apparently, the main context had aroused controversy in terms of the interpretation of the storyline. The narrative commences with a simple introduction of the main characters, but the emphasis falls on the relationship between a female tree and a boy.
The boy would come along and gather the leaves, make crowns and imagine of being a king of the dense forest. He would also play with the tree by climbing up and hanging on the branches.
And when the boy got tired, he simply decided to rest in the shade. Once the boy had its sleep, he would play hide-and-seek with the tree as they spend much of the time together. The culmination of the plot rises to the surface as the boy grows older. The boy no more shares that innate desire to pick up leaves and eat apples; he is in need of things.
The tree gives him a proposition, to pick up the apples from the ground and those on the tree and sell them to make money. And the boy started gathering the apples and putting them in a basket with an intention to sell them later. The tree felt abandoned as the boy continued his routine.
One day, the tree asked the boy to climb up the trunk and swing a little bit, just like in the old days. The boy replied that he is in need of a house to keep him warm. The tree allowed the boy to cut off some of the branches and build a beautiful house. And that will eventually make him happy. Such statements should be clarified or removed. April Religious interpretation[ edit ] Ursula Nordstrom attributed the book's success partially to "Protestant ministers and Sunday-school teachers", who believed that the tree represents "the Christian ideal of unconditional love.
The book has been used to teach children environmental ethics.
As such, the book teaches children "as your life becomes polluted with the trappings of the modern world — as you 'grow up' — your relationships tend to suffer if you let them fall to the wayside. Kass wrote about the story that "it is wise and it is true about giving and about motherhood," and her husband Leon R. Kass encourages people to read the book because the tree "is an emblem of the sacred memory of our own mother's love.
Mary Ann Glendon wrote that the book is "a nursery tale for the 'me' generation, a primer of narcissism, a catechism of exploitation," and Jean Bethke Elshtain felt that the story ends with the tree and the boy "both wrecks.
This overrated picture book thus presents as a paradigm for young children a callously exploitative human relationship — both across genders and across generations. On the one hand it is a simple story about the enduring friendship between a boy and a tree.
However, as you dig deeper you discover many complex themes woven into the text. You can, of course, just enjoy The Giving Tree without over-analysing it. I have read it to my boys many times with very little discussion about what it all could mean. But if you do want to dig deeper, The Giving Tree offers opportunities to talk to your child about love, self-sacrifice, greed, and happiness. It clearly shows the stark contrast between selfishness and selflessness. Many different interpretations have been proposed for this book.
Some see it as a bleak portrayal of male chauvinism. Others view it as an environmental tale of man's selfish exploitation of nature.
I favour the more positive interpretation that the tree represents unconditional parental love. You can read more about this interpretation below, followed by some suggestions for how you can discuss themes from the book with your child. Keep reading further for ideas of activities you can do with your child based on The Giving Tree.
You can also watch The Giving Tree movie spoken by Shel Silverstein, although the quality is not that great. What Does It All Mean?
The tree's love for the boy is a selfless love, and she expects nothing in return. She needs only two things in order to be happy - the presence of the boy and the ability to give him what he needs. There is only one time when the tree's happiness is questioned.
This is when the boy makes a boat from the tree's trunk and sails away.