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Ms. Nguyen's Favorite Books

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree shows the unconditional love a tree has for a young boy. Every day, the boy eats her apples, swings from her branches, and rests under her shade. One day, the boy stops coming. As the boy grows, he starts wanting more than her apples and her shades. The tree, who loves the boy, gives and gives until she was nothing more than a stump. When the boy comes back needing a place to rest, she is more than happy to give him a place to rest. 


This book is a classic children's book with so many activities to do with the book. Students can journal about a time they needed help and somebody is willing to give a hand to completing a problem and solution activity to sequencing the storyline. I would have my students act out the story with multiple narrators and different students to play the boy at different stages in life. 


AR Level: 2.6