PDF or EBOOK The Giving Tree BY Shel Silverstein
I know that many people have a sentimental love for this book and I respect that you can t rationalize emotional connection sentimental love for this book and I respect that you can t rationalize emotional connection generally I like this author But with this book since it inspired no real emotional response in me I am left with only the rational perspective which in me was this This book troubles me eeply because it enshrines self The Life of Kitty Storm destructive and self pitying mart Yes the boy is a selfish bastard whooesn t Aliens Bride Book deserve the love and generosity he gets time and again Anyone who read this book as a child is well aware of this factNonetheless I m shocked to see how manyisliked It My Only Thought My only thought that many readers allow their hatred for the boy to be confused with hatred for the book Does the book condone confused with hatred for the book Does the book condone boy s behavior or simply seek to tell a narrative Does the uality of a book suffer when the moral uality of its characters flagsIt is the job of narrative to relate a story It is the job of a classic to relate a timeless story to which countless readers of any age can relate So whence the hatred Is it because so many readers have known people who have taken and taken with such unrelenting fervor that they then Therapy of Love displace this hatred onto a book that merely tells a story so fundamental it can t help but arouse feelings in any human who reads itSilverstein in my opinion reached his peak with this book so simple and so pure and timeless than any book I can think of at the moment This book review is now available on my blog at I recently read this book to my little boy It s not the first time I ve read it It s probably not even the tenth time But it s the first time I ve read the book in aecade and given the fact that my memory is like a cheese grater I like to think I got a pretty fresh experience The result is this I honestly Connecting in College don t know how I feel about this book Even if you haven t read the story you probably know the gist of it A tree loves a young boy and gives away pieces of itself to the boy to make the boy happy On one hand this story can be taken as an open honest exhortation toward selfless Agape style love Love which asks nothing Love which gives everything On the other hand this story can be read as a horrifying condemnation ofysfunctional unreuited co Feminism and the Women's Movement Dynamics of Change in Social Movement Ideology and Activism Perspectives on Gender dependance After reading the book I honestlyon t know which it is On one hand taking this book at face value is probably a fool s game Silverstein was a twisted sarcastic bastard He wrote lyrics for Dr Hook Most notably Freaking at the Freaker s Ball And back in my misspent youth I BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) discovered a poem of his in one of my Dad s Playboys It was called The Great Pot Smoke Off My point isude was part of the counterculture He was full of mocking and meta And as such it seems odd that he would write something that seems like an obvious endorsement of Christ like selflessness and then that was itBut on the other hand when Silverstein was having fun with you he usually The Passport That Does Not Pass Ports didn t pussyfoot around One of his earliest publications was Uncle Shelby s ABZ book Which looks like a kid s book but is clearly not Here s a piece from the page on Potty Training See the pottyThe potty iseepThe potty has water in the bottom Maybe someone will fall into the potty and The Arcav Princes Captive (Arcav Alien Invasion, drown Don t worry As long as you keep wetting your pants you will neverrown in the pottyNot a lot of ambiguity here His tongue is pretty clearly in his cheek But when I read through The Giving Tree I Southern Women at the Seven Sister Colleges Feminist Values and Social Activism 1875 1915 don t see the author winking at me from behind the scenes The story seems to be straightforward But here s the thing even if the story is straightforward Ion t know how I feel about it Is the boy selfish in the story Absolutely He s a little shit Yet he teachers Manual African American Literature doesn t get one bit of comeuppance We kinda want him to but that s not what happens The boyoesn t seem to learn a lesson And neither Agricultural Innovation in the Early Islamic World does the tree That seems to imply there is no lesson to be learned here Let s be clear The tree is happy at the end of the book There s no ambiguity about that It s entirely possible that the tree has acted in its own best interest It s entirely possible that the tree if you ll forgive the expression is acting according to the LethaniEven after thinking it over for a coupleays still I DYA (1933-1939) (Libros sobre el Opus Dei) don t know how I feel about it That s a rarity for me For that reason I m giving this five stars If you write a book that leaves me asking uestions If you write a book that people can have legitimateisagreements about If you write a book that people can still wrangle over after fifty years that s pretty clearly a five star book Scrolling Big Book of AA All 12 Steps Understand and Complete One Step At A Time in Recovery with Alcoholics Anonymous 12 of 12 Books down it seems several reviewe. Once there was a treeand she loved a little boySo begins a story of unforgettable perception beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel SilversteinEveryay the boy would come to the tree to My bank statementMe What idn T You Like About The like about the The boy grows old and kills tree and is Like About The like about the The boy grows old and kills tree and is going to ieMe Inwardly SSSSSHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTT The Culture and Development in Africa (Comparative Studies in African/Caribbean Literature Series) death subjectMe No honey The tree gave its branches and trunk to the man Noah The boy killed the tree And now the boy is old and is going toieMe No buddy The tree just changed And the little boy lived a long life Noah And now he is going to The Alien Huntress Series Alien Huntress dieMe FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKK Inwardly of course So having no other way to combat my son setermination to prove that the tree was murdered and that the little boy was now an old man and was going to Activism and the American Novel die soon Iid what every father should Agriculture at a Glance Revised Edition do in this matterMe Ask Mommy what she thinks buddy HEY KIDS AND SHEL SILVERSTEIN FANS COME OVER HERE AND READ THISOkay this some motherfuckin fucked up shit right here The Giving Tree is the straight up wack story of how this selfish little ass faced prick kicks it with this full on saintly tree Ever thin fine for a while y all with the lil prick all gettin up in there an sayin to the tree Yeah you know you mah bitch but then all of a sudden this jumped up prick go through puberty get his chia on or some such shit and so he s off screwin the skank ass bitches on the block allamn A Love No Less Two Centuries of African American Love Letters day and can t spare one motherfuckin minute for this poor old tree who waitin for him and lookin all motherfuckin sad anroopy an shit So this little punk ass bitch come up on the tree this is a motherfuckin tree hear and ask her cuz she a sexy ass lady tree fo some g s Well the tree is all like I ain t got no cash bitch What part o me say ATM on it Mmm hmmm I thought so And she shoulda held up there but no this tree gets all fuckin benevolent and be like Well I got mad apples you can go hustle on the streets So this ass faced prick just like boosts all these goddamn apples an leaves this tree with like its weave all out an shit So next after workin the streets wit his crew little bitch boy come back lookin all older an jacked up and ask the motherfuckin tree for a goddamn crib So the tree like Hol up Do you even fuckin see Coldwell Banker all up an Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century (Historical Studies of Urban America) down in here I think not But then being all kindly an shit the tree is like But I got mad branches And what She motherfuckin takes it up back again fo this fool Later another goddamn time punk ass bitch come back lookin all old an saggy and wack now and he like Bitch what you got fo me now Awww hell naw tree says but then she start gettin all soft an shit again an say Whyon you cut The Arcav Kings Mate (Arcav Alien Invasion down my trunk or some such shit and go head and whittle a pimped out yacht full on Hamptons style He like Yeah I thought so bitch And then guess the fuck what little shriveled up played out mack come on back wit his ass all hemorrhoided up an shit He look straight up nasty and old Tree is like I know you ain t come t ask me All s I got is a motherfuckin stump you ass faced motherfucker How you gon come back at me like that This punk ass bitch is allrooling and jacked up and just wanna sit the hell The Billionaires Arranged Baby 3 down Whato the motherfuckin tree o She say Hell no You motherfuckin fucked up fucker get yo motherfuckin ass face out o here fo I cut you up good give you some stank ass mad tree fungus motherfucker The motherfuckin end motherfuckers Okay so that s not really the way The Giving Tree ends but maybe it s the way it should Some time ago my ex girlfriend and afterward long time co ependent friend gave me The Giving Tree as part of my birthday gift I loved it but I hated it too because I felt so bad for the tree who is endlessly shat upon by this worthless Boy as he is always known regardless of age I longed to console the tree and maybe a little to condemn this book as yet another emotionally scarring children s entertainment in the manner of Old Yeller Don t give me any shit about learning valuable lessons The only lesson I learned was that human beings are Co ependent tree needs to set some fucking boundaries Please visit our blog at wwwtwogalsandabookcom to see this and other reviews The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a must read for children It s a story that can bring tears to your eyes Children can learn about the importance of caring giving and how we should treat others This essential and childhood favorite still remains a part of our home library 5 The Giving Tree will rip your heart out in 621 wordsWe all know and love Shel Silverstein for his whimsical poems but The Giving Tree is both one of the saddest and most hopeful stories ever told Pure and utter genius this one S aglow with consolation Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in retu. .
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Rs resent this book s apparently heavy handed message about selfishnessselflessness I can totally understand why they find it upsetting or sappy Overbearing even But I on t agreeSome fascinating theories have been put forth about The Giving Tree It s 10 Essential Survivor Secrets to Liberate Yourself from Narcissistic Abuse deceptively simple on its surface yes But if this were truly just some hard and fast hippieippy morality tale would its two main characters living natural tree growing human boy and their relationship have weathered such extensive interpretation over the yearsProfessor Timothy Jackson from Stanford University found on Wiki Is this a sad tale Well it is sad in the same way that life is sad We are all needy and if we are lucky and any good we grow old using others and getting used up Our finitude is not something to be regretted or Lights, Camera, Action (Paranormal Talent Agency Book 1) despised however it is what makes giving and receiving possible The you blame the boy the you have to fault human existence The you blame the tree the you have to fault the very idea of parenting Should the tree s giving be contingent on the boy s gratitude If it were if fathers and mothers waited on reciprocity before caring for their young then we would all beoomedAn admirable assessment from a theologian although as a wee grub my perception was Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused different My own folks secular humanist scientists who taught me a recycle reduce reuse mantra at around age four introduced me to The Giving Tree around the same time we started reading The Lorax Another seminaloozy Perhaps The Nonlinear Workbook: Chaos, Fractals, Celluar Automata, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Gene Expression Programming, Support Vector Machine, Wavelets, Hidden Markov M due to their influence on my earlyevelopment I came away from both books with a lot of very heavy persistent uestions concerning humanity s careless attitude towards ye olde Mother Earth Without uestion we re a species that generally takes and takes from the environment thanklessly and thoughtlessly Sadly this seems to be a trend that will continue until both we and the earth s resources are completely exhausted That is unless we can all somehow convince ourselves AND our kids to turn it aroundEver notice that throughout the course of the tale the little boy just wants things from the tree Only at the very end of his life Coming Out of Communism does he actually need something from her a place to rest for a moment to be at peace Anyhoo Aspects of human behavior introduced to me in this book continue to flummox and obsess me in adulthood Rereading it now only reinforces my lifelongesire to give something back to our weary but still beautiful mother earth who seems to have no choice but to submit to our endless takingSilverstein fable is empathetic and open ended At its core it reflects humanity s short sighted often lifelong inability to Ways of Knowing About Birth distinguish want from need but itoes not HeroAca damn us for it So it is Christmas time and my wife likes to have all of us my wife and I and our three years old twinso a Reading Africa into American Literature different event each nighturing Advent as a family I like this practice it is little things like this that keep our family strong Tonight s event was reading CHRISTMAS THEMED BOOKSWE DECIDED TO READ themed booksWe ecided to read GIVING TREE as well as three other Christmas books Had I foreseen what was about to transpire I would have omitted THE
GIVING TREE from my selectionAllow me to replay said eventThe setting Mommy and Daddy s bedAfter a torturous timeTREE from my selectionAllow me to replay said eventThe setting Mommy and Daddy s bedAfter a torturous time getting my kids to brush their teeth put on their pajamas and convinced that they should only bring two stuffed animals apiece to bed I began to read the books The first book went well The kids laughed My wife and I smiled The second book was just as good as the first book More laughter More smiles Then it was time for THE GIVING TREE Now I ve read all of Shel Silverstein s books I find them uite enjoyable and zany and creative THE GIVING TREE was no ifferent Or so I thought You see I never really paid much attention to the story Well That S Not that s not true I have always liked the message about giving when others are constantly taking And Christmas time is a perfect time to share this message But my son Noah interpreted the book Algorithm Of Future differently As I read the book I focused on how the little boy grows into a man and loses his innocence of giving taking on a selfish attitude My son saw the boy growing older When the tree gave everything but its stump to the boy as a man I saw this as a generous message of charity Noah saw it as the man killing the tree But that s not allAn excerpt of the nightMe The End That was a good storyNoah Iidn t like itMe Why The tree was very generous and the man realized that he had only taken and never given backNoah Staring blankly at me as if I had just finished reading him. At her apples swing from her branches or slide The Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism Project Censored Open Media Pamphlet Series 8 down her trunkand the tree was happy But as the boy grew older he began to want from the tree and the tree gave and gave and gaveThis is a tender story touched with sadnes.