The Giving Tree

On the surface of the book, The Giving Tree, one can see the moral of unselfish giving. The book is about the relationship between a young boy and a tree. The tree provides the boy with parts of the tree whenever he asks for it. As he grows older, he requires more and more from the tree. The tree loves the boy very much and gives him anything he asks for. After all the taking, the boy leaves the tree as a stump where he can rest and the tree is left happy.

However, on the other hand, people view this book as a selfish boy stealing everything away from the tree and feels no appreciation towards the tree in the end. This moral could be tied to how children feel and act toward their parents. Children never really appreciate what their parents do for them and take them for granted. Some kids ask ask and ask for material things and never fully think how much their parents work in order for their kids to live a happy and healthy life. This book isn’t supposed to teach children the value of sharing so much as it shows that sometimes love and sacrifice go hand in hand. The parents live their child so much that they will do whatever it takes in order for them to be happy.

This book could be viewed in many perspectives. On is about the purity of the tree’s love, of its giving nature. The tree gives and gives until it can give no more because it just wants the boy to be happy. The tree never thinks about itself but for the happiness of the boy. Another view could be about the selfish little boy who is unable to see the beauty of the tree. He just takes from the tree and does not even feel satisfied in the end which leaves him unhappy. And the moral that I found the most important is to not abuse the kindness of your elders. Many kids are unable to see this message until they become older, but I think it is the most touching message in the book because we have all done it one time in our lives.

I would recommend this book to younger kids to teach the art of sharing, but in order to see the true meaning, this book would be more directed to teens.

“and the tree was happy”


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