The picture book has a story about a boy and a tree. The tree gave everything to the boy because the tree loves the boy. It is good for teaching about love to children.
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Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree." My all time favorite children's book.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein - my all time favorite children's book
LOVE children's books and this is Adam's favorite book as a child too
The Giving Tree. One of my all time favorite childrens books!
<3 My ALL TIME favorite children's book!!! <3
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Do you have Junior Book Buffs at home? Trying to raise a good solid reader? Me too, and I stumbled upon an awesome list to arm you with some great material to get your child reading. The folks over at Scholastic have put together a great list of what they believe to be the 100 Greatest Books for Children. It's a really cool page, you can also search the list by age to effectively find exactly what you are looking for. Some of my childhood favorites made the list: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Who doesn't love a good story about a suicidal tree? The Giver by Lois Lowry My intro to dystopian literature, and I never looked back! (Check out my Giver post here) The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Still a favorite I enjoy re-reading to this day. The White Witch still freaks the crap out of me! How about you? See if your favorite made the list: http://www.scholastic.com/100books/ Don't see your favorite book on the list? Maybe it made the "15 Books that Almost Made the List" list. Here are some of my favorites from that list: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee I understand why this one didn't make it. Yes, I believe it to be one of the absolute greatest and most important books of all time, but it isn't a kid's book. In fact I find it a bit odd that it was even considered for the list. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl As a kid I always felt Roald Dahl was a kindred spirit, good-natured and happy, but still a tad twisted :) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien See commentary on To Kill a Mockingbird, p.s. who is getting pumped for the new movie!?! *raises hand enthusiastically* The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss One word describes my opinion on the fact that this book was left off of the list: travesty. For the rest of the list, click here: http://www.scholastic.com/resources/collection/15-books-that-almost-made-it You can also see the Reader's Wish List on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150722011392952.457697.41884262951&type=1 And lastly, here is the list, with covers, on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150519316007952.428537.41884262951&type=3 What did you think of the list? Hit the comments!
Back before children's books were unimaginative drivel like "Chip the Squirrel Gets a New Bike Helmet", there were children's books of substance--books that ingrained themselves in your memory and imparted to you a sense of whimsy and wonder. I miss those books. Now, I know that everyone preaches about how much better things were when they were a kid, and at the age of 22, I may be starting my sermon a little young. But, if you don't believe me, skim through the children's section of your local library. Times have changed, my friends. We grew up reading Imogene's Antlers, Nancy Drew, and To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry St. Now parents shove Dr. Seuss knock-offs and rhyming-nonsense under kids' noses. And the poor kids like it. It's not their fault--they don't know any better. But I do. I remember. One of my favorite books growing up was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I spent years of my childhood being equally mesmerized by the story and terrified of Silverstein's photo in the back of the book. His book was beautiful--he was not. He actually looked remarkably like what I imagined the kidnappers at Disneyland to look like. Good ol' Silverstein. Regardless, I read this book so many times growing up that it will be forever ingrained in my mind and my heart. A little boy loves a tree, and the tree loves the boy. The boy spends his days swinging in the tree's branches, eating the tree's apples, and sleeping in the tree's shade. "And the boy loved the tree very much. And the tree was happy." But in it's usual heart-breaking way, time goes on, and soon the boy stops coming to play with the tree. Years pass before he visits again. Each time he visits, the tree is filled with joy to see him, but the boy will never stay. Instead, the tree gives him what he thinks he needs to be happy. Her apples are sold to make him money, her branches are cut down to build him a house. "And the tree was happy." Finally, the boy returns as a sad middle aged man, and the tree lets him cut down her trunk to build a boat to sail away on. "And the tree was happy . . . but not really." The tree is left all alone. One day many years later, the boy returns, sad, old and alone. The tree sadly tells the boy that she has nothing left to give him--no apples to eat, no branches to swing on, and no trunk to climb. She is nothing but a stump. The boy responds that he doesn't need much now--just a quiet place to sit and rest. The tree straightens her stump, and offers the boy a place to sit and rest. "And the boy did. And the tree was happy." They just don't write them like that anymore. Every time I read it, it breaks my heart, and yet I know I'll always read it again someday. It reminds me that true love is selfless, even to those who don't deserve it. It breaks my heart, even while making me smile. I'll take it over "Chip the Squirrel" any day.