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The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

This story is about a young boy and a tree that is willing to give the boy everything it (she) has. As the boy was young he would play with the tree, swing from branches, climb her trunk, and eat the apples. As the boy matures and grows older he spends less time with the tree, usually only visiting when he needs materialist items. The tree continues to give the boy whatever she has, such as: her apples for money, her branches for a house, and her trunk for a boat. Even giving away everything that made her a tree, she was still happy. The boy later returns as an elder man to meet the tree once more and states he wants "a quiet place to sit and rest", this made the tree happy. I would level this as 1st-3rd grade. This book could be used in the classroom to explain children the importance of love and giving. Students could learn how children come from different economic levels and may not have as much as a higher income student. This might even motivate the class to bring in items they no longer use or play with and could "give" such items to a lower income student who is in need. of course the student would remain anonymous.