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A horrible book about a selfish boy that grows up to be a selfish man.
It's an awesome book that teaches us not to take our resources for granted.
I think it teaches kids to take and take, never giving, never using creativity or resourcefullness to solve their problems. From an environmental standpoint, it teaches them to use the earth for their own end, until it's destroyed.
Well, maybe it just depends on the person who reads the book to the kid. I always loved the book when I was a little. I was sad for the tree and wanted to save it. There's more than one way to create an environmentalist. Unfortunately, negative memories last longer. The giving tree was a character in the book. In the end it was thanklessly used up. This made me think of trees as entities that have feelings of a sort and are non-renewable. Maybe Romeo and Juliet is a terrible book because it teaches kids to commit suicide...
P.s. Abbie Normal is an awesom name. Young Frankenstein rules.
You were a very insightful kid...I hope a lot of kids get the same message. I never really thought of Romeo and Juliet as a kids' book, but I see your point...there are some demented kids' stories out there. I guess what bothers me about The Giving Tree is that many people think of it as this sweet story about a boy and a tree...it's much darker than that.
Should be called The Codependency Tree. I hate it. I used it to teach my kids that it is NOT ok to reduce someone to a stump, even if they find it somewhat romantic to give to the point of diminishing themselves.