The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is a story about a tree that shows unconditional love to a little boy. The story begins when the boy is very young and it progresses through as the boy grows older. As the boy ages, he asks for more and more things from the tree and the tree is always willing to give up whatever to make the boy happy. When the boy has grown into an old man, the tree gives the only thing that she has left to give, a place for the man to sit and rest. 

I believe students will feel a connection to this story. The amount of love the author was able to portray through the tree was amazing. The students could write about their own childhood memories, an alternate ending to the story, or even discuss a person in their lives that loves them unconditionally. 


Grade K-2

Book Level:

Lexile 530L

Accelerated Reader 2.6