- Gebundene Ausgabe: 64 Seiten
- Verlag: HarperCollins; Auflage: Anniversary. (20. Oktober 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 006028451X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060284510
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 4 - 8 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 17,1 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 153 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.796.669 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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To say that this particular apple tree is a "giving tree" is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein's popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once carved into the tree as a child that said "M.E. + T." "And then the tree was happy... but not really." When there's nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. "And the tree was happy." While the message of this book is unclear (Take and take and take? Give and give and give? Complete self-sacrifice is good? Complete self-sacrifice is infinitely sad?), Silverstein has perhaps deliberately left the book open to interpretation. (All ages) --Karin Snelson -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
“If you’re looking for a children’s book that teaches generosity or unselfishness, most people will point you right to The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein’s lovely story of a tree that will do anything for the boy it loves—and for good reason. This classic is always a good place to start.” (Brightly.com) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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It works on SO many levels; of course, you have the environmentalist argument that the tree is a representative of the earth that man rapes with his plows and his highways. However, you also have the viewpoint of a being whose only desire in life is to please the person she loves...the very definition of the Christ, willing to give everything up for man's well-being.
Contrary to the beliefs of some "readers," it has nothing to do with gender--not many things do, but people heedlessly assign stereotypes and negative connotations to anything that can be construed in a sexual manner. The tree happens to be female in this story. It makes no difference. Her love knows no bounds...no race, no economic situation, no ulterior political motives...she just is. And her simple existence is a testament to the hope and wonder that Silverstein (and many others, hopefully) can find in the minutiae of life.
I don't follow any particular religion per se...but I think that the fact that as long as people like Silverstein and dreams of characters such as the tree still exist, we must be headed in the right direction.
This book is also an initiator of self-analysis...how much do you share with people that desire/want/need something that you can give...and how willing are you to do so? The tree gives without question, without thinking, and is satisfied simply to have the companionship of the boy whenever she can. The tree is the mom that spends her lunch break running children's forgotten homework to the school at the cost of not eating. The tree is the poor older sister who has two hungry younger siblings and one banana to feed the three of them, of which half goes to each brother and she eats the peel. The tree is everything that you can find in people in this world that still fits under the category of "good."
Shel Silverstein honestly tells the story of a friendship between a boy and a tree that spans their relationship from childhood to old age. It is a timeless book that when we're children, reminds us of the importance of sharing, giving and unconditional love. As adults, it reminds us that it might take a lifetime to realize what is truly important in life and that we always seem to return to where we belong.
I love this book even more now than I did as a child, but it is appropriate for any age. I read it to my 2 and 6 year old cousins and they adored it. I read it aloud for a college class and they loved it. I gave it to a very special friend as a birthday gift and he has always treasured it. Mr. Silverstein gave us a special treat when he wrote this book. I only wish that he was still here to give us more like it.
I first read this book when I was just a toddler and was in fact one of the first books I ever read on my own. I cried uncontrollably then, and to this day even the mere mention of this book sends tears running down my face. The book has a powerful affect on me even today as a 25-year-old.
Though the book may seem depressing due to the great sacrifices made by the tree on behalf of the "uncaring" boy, I feel that a deeper meaning lies within this. Just as a mother or father would give everything she or he had to ensure thier child's happiness, so did the tree. For in a sense, the tree was the boy's mother or father. And so, the tree gave up every physical possession it had to try to make the boy happy. And although the boy shows very little affection toward the tree (save for the beginning when he was a young boy and told the tree he loved it), there is a subtle hint of the boy's affection. (The boy continues to come back to the tree depending on it for support.) And when the boy becomes an old man he returns to the tree even then just to sit and enjoy it. That is a form of love-companionship.
Why does the book make me cry even now? Because it makes me reflect upon how much I love my child and how I, like the tree, would give everything to make her happy.
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