Book of My Choosing - 2018 · Book Review · Children · Classic · Illustrated/Picture Books

Book Review: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


Pages: 64
Genre: Children’s/Fiction
Publication Date:
Themes: Relationships, Friendship, Life Lesson, Appreciation, Abuse

SynopsisThere once was a tree who loved a boy, and a boy who loved the tree. After some time, what was once a mutual love turned into a one-sided one.

my review

Oh, this book. This was a book that was so so sad with such a sad message. This basically features an abusive relationship where one takes advantage of the other in the relationship. The tree gave everything to the boy/man without anything in return. 

Honestly, this book rubbed me the wrong way. It could potentially be because I’ve had friendships where I found myself being taken advantage for different ways. During these friendships, I did not realize I was being taken advantage until much later, and it left me feeling sad and a bit empty. Needless to say, these friendships did not last as I didn’t want/need that negativity in my life.

I could see this story being useful as a way to teach children how not to treat others. However, I’m not sure if this is the best teaching tool out there because the tree’s feelings aren’t explored very well, so I don’t if the message would be very clear. Perhaps depending on the age of the child.

Overall, this book is not something that I would first pick up with a child as it gives me pause on its overall/intended message.

My Rating3 stars


Perhaps children who are old enough to have a deeper conversation about relationships/friendships would benefit from reading this with an adult.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
25 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!

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