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The Giving Tree Once there was a treeand she loved a little boy So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel SilversteinEvery day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide 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 sadness, 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 return The Giving Tree will rip your heart out in 621 words.We 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 is. HEY, KIDS AND SHEL SILVERSTEIN FANS COME OVER HERE AND READ THIS Okay, 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 HEY, KIDS AND SHEL SILVERSTEIN FANS COME OVER HERE AND READ THIS Okay, 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 all damn day and can t spare one motherfuckin minute for this poor old tree who waitin for him and lookin all motherfuckin sad an droopy 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 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, Why don you cut 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 all drooling and jacked up and just wanna sit the hell down What do the motherfuckin tree do 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 dependent 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 nothing but steaming piles of corn freckled feces, and that I wanted to found a not for profit shelter for unloved trees and rabid dogs and any other nonhuman thing, living or not, which was either unwanted or despised Having said all this and although I don t approve of the treatment of the giving tree this book is very moving and very delicate The delicacy is somewhat counteracted when the reader turns over the book and sees the author photograph of a thoroughly evil looking Shel Silverstein He looks like the sort of person who would burn down whole forests of rare giving trees just for kicks Picture Othello just before he strangles Desdemona If you and, yes, I m talking to you personally are not moved by the plight of the tree after reading this book, then perhaps it s time to go an check yo self are you the givin tree or are you the motherfuckin takintree Or are you the sneak out in the middle of the night an steal all my shit tree 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 a decade, 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 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 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 a decade, 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 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 of dysfunctional unrequited co dependance After reading the book, I honestly don 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 discovered a poem of his in one of my Dad s Playboys It was called The Great Pot Smoke Off My point is, dude 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 it.But on the other hand, when Silverstein was having fun with you, he usually 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 is deepThe potty has water in the bottom Maybe someone will fall into the potty and drown Don t worry As long as you keep wetting your pants, you will never drown in the potty Not a lot of ambiguity here His tongue is pretty clearly in his cheek But when I read through The Giving Tree, I 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, I don t know how I feel about it Is the boy selfish in the story Absolutely He s a little shit Yet he doesn t get one bit of comeuppance We kinda want him to, but that s not what happens The boy doesn t seem to learn a lesson And neither 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 Lethani.Even after thinking it over for a couple days, still I 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 questions If you write a book that people can have legitimate disagreements about If you write a book that people can still wrangle over after fifty years that s pretty clearly a five star book I know that many people have a sentimental love for this book, and I respect that you can t rationalize emotional connection And 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 deeply, because it enshrines self destructive and self pitying martyrdom as the paragon of love for others And I think there is already far too much of this in our society I know that many people have a sentimental love for this book, and I respect that you can t rationalize emotional connection And 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 deeply, because it enshrines self destructive and self pitying martyrdom as the paragon of love for others And I think there is already far too much of this in our society This book seems to say that if you really love someone else, you will damage yourself, cripple yourself, tear down your boundaries, destroy yourself for them And further, it implies that those who are loved must by nature use and devour those who love them An incredibly unhealthy model for love and relationships, especially for a child s book I am a parent of two, and though many parents have offered up this book as representative of the true nature of parental love, I cannot agree If I were to raise my children this way, I feel I would only be teaching them to take selfishly from those who love them, to use people up and always expectand on the flip side, I would be teaching them that if they love someone then they have to give of themselves until it hurts, have to live without boundaries of any kind Instead of raising my kids this way, I feel it s important to teach them to respect those who love them and care for them, to not take from others so much that it damages I feel it s important to teach them that even in love we all must maintain our boundaries, our integrity I feel it s important that my kids, and all kids really, understand that real, healthy love does not demand destruction or diminishment of anyone involved in it, that in fact real and healthy love ultimately heals and builds up those who participate in it I suppose that this book may have been intended as an anti lesson, an example of how NOT to behave but if so, then it was not made clear that this was the case, because most people who read this book seem to take it as an ideal example of love Certainly it s possible to not take it so seriously but when the underlying message and philosophy is so concentrated and heavy handed, it s hard to avoid tasting it in every passage.It reminds me of that other beloved childhood book about love, where the young boy s mother is so obsessive about cuddling him and tucking him in at night that even as he gets older and older, she follows him around, sneaks into his college dorm, sneaks into his home as an adult, takes him from his bed with his wife still sleeping and reassures him herself that he ll always be my baby shudder Overall Sweet, but to the point of being cloying, and a disturbing message

  • Hardcover
  • 64 pages
  • The Giving Tree
  • Shel Silverstein
  • English
  • 09 October 2018
  • 0060256656

About the Author: Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein was the author artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy winning, Oscar nominated songwriter.


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