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Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy.

So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk ... and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.

This 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.

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published on March 1, 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN-10: 0060099402
ISBN-13: 9780060099404
61 Book Reviews
  • dream_beyond
    dream_beyond7 months55 starsFeatured
    This book tells the life of a little boy and a tree. The little boy and the tree would always play together, they were friends. The tree would let the little boy eat her apples, sit under her shady branches, and climb her branches. And as the boy grew up he would spend less and less time with the tree. But the tree would still love the boy (as a mother would) and would still try to make him happy. I love this book and it really touched me. I learned that receiving gifts is not the only thing that makes you happy, but also by giving. I recommend this book 100% and more! I also think that this is a book for all ages, because you can really learn something from it! Happy reading!!<3
    • rubygirllover
      rubygirlloverabout 1 year55 stars
      This book inspired me to love trees, I hugged one once. Its a very nice book. I love how the little boy is friends with the tree. Also I think every one should me inspired from this book. the book is for all ages, so share it with friends, family. I love this book and I hope everyone does to πŸ€— 5/5
      • animereina2021
        animereina2021about 1 year33 stars
        This book is a bit messed up in my opinion. It's like one of those books you read as a young child and you enjoyed it, but as you get older it just seems wrong.
        • ninjanugget
          ninjanuggetover 2 years55 stars
          This book is about a boy and a tree 🌳. The boy loved a tree, he would climb the tree, pick apples from the tree and even sleep on the tree. But he kept getting older and older and older! He started to do something to the tree 🌳. But your going to have to read the book to find out what happens next :) I really enjoyed this book!!!
          • pinkyover 2 years
            I love this book
            • pinkyover 2 years
              I really think this book is sweet and cute
              • belle10
                belle10over 2 years55 stars
                • pizzagirl7
                  pizzagirl7over 2 years55 stars
                  This book is a wonderful yet kinda sad story but it will always be my favorite childhood book.......when the boy was young he would play all the time with Tree but as he got older he kept needing stuff and needing stuff. But the tree was happy that is kept him happy.then one day when he is an old man the tree has nothing else to give .but all he needs is somewhere too sit .so he sits on her stump and they are both happy.I love this book and I rate it 5/5 stars .I recommend for everyone to read this no matter what age. -Pizzagirl7
                  • ajg16
                    ajg16about 3 years44 stars
                    Once there was a tree who loved a little boy. The boy would eat her apples, play in her trucks and sleep in her shade. The boy loved the tree very much and enjoyed his childhood playing in the shade of her limbs. As the boy gets older he wants many things, money, a home, a boat. The tree gives him these things because she cares very much and it makes her happy. But is she happy... The boy is never around and she is lonely. But one day the boy comes back - except he isn't a boy. He is an old tired man. He only needs one thing. a place to rest... That place is the stump of the wonderful, giving, tree. I still love this book even though it is short. Thanks for reading- Ajg16's reviews
                    • pizzagirl7
                      pizzagirl7over 3 years55 starsFeatured
                      The giving tree is a book about a little boy who needs a the tree is friends with him.they carve there names into the tree😁but the boy begins to grow up and he has a girlfriend now the girlfriend and the boys name s are carved into the the boy grows up he needs more and more .the leaves,the sticks,.the boy is now almost an old he needs the trunk...the old man comes but and the tree says" I have nothing else for you "..And he says I need somewhere to rest and he sits on her trunk.πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯this is a very sad book I love it though.I rate 5/5 stars I recommend to all ages