Book Review: The Giving Tree


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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

There’s this tree that loves a boy. They play hide-and-go-seek together. They play king-of-the-forest. The way they make a crown is they gather up some leaves and make them into one.

The boy kept getting older and older and he wanted stuff the tree didn’t have. First, he wanted some money, but the tree didn’t have any money so he had to get some apples and sell them in the city.

Then he wanted a house so he had to take the branches off and build them into a house.

Next he wanted a boat to sail away. But the tree didn’t have a boat so he had to cut the trunk off the tree and make a boat.

Then all he wanted was a quiet place to rest so he sat on the stump of the tree.

First I read it to my Daddy, but if I got stuck he helped me. Then Daddy read the rest to me.

I liked that it got happy and sad. I liked spending time with Daddy while we did it.


11 thoughts on “Book Review: The Giving Tree”

  1. This is one of my favorite books, Hayley. I was very impressed with your reading ability. Excellent job!

    Did you know Shel Silverstein, the author and illustrator of The Giving Tree, used to live at the Playboy Mansion? Pretty cool, eh?

  2. That’s an interesting story. I wonder what it’s about?

    In Australia (and maybe England), “hide and go seek” is just called “hide and seek”.

  3. This is such a great story, Hayley. I like that Daddy had you read back what you told him. I really enjoyed listening to you talk about it. You’re doing very well with your reading! What a great way to spend time together.

  4. Great job, Hayley. You are doing very well in your reading and understanding. Grammy is very proud of you. Keep on working very hard. I love you

  5. @Steven – I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt since you pay far closer attention to these types of things than do I.

    I think if in Ohio they call it “Hide and Go Seek” we in Maine should definitely refer to it by some other name. :)

    Perhaps I’ll quiz the other girls this evening to see if there’s a consensus among the Danley sisters.

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