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The Giving Tree: A Book Not Just for Children

Updated on January 17, 2015

If you look at this book on Amazon it will list it as a "Children's Book". But if you have ever read this book you will see that it is not just the children that will learn from reading it. They are not the only ones that will hear this story and gleam a little knowledge from it.

Have you ever tried to do something for someone you cared about? Not just once, but several times throughout your lives. With what you were willing to do for the other person, was it more than you had thought? Just like the tree who offered something small many times. And yet having the one being offered to, needing more than expected. And yet you being willing to do whatever was needed to meet the others needs? This is the tree. In life that is what parents do for their kids. And what spouses do for each other. It may not feel that way as you pass through your lives but looking back you shall see what was not for you and what you have done for others.

A little music to help encourage The Giving Tree

Looking at the tree, she seams like the parent, always wondering where the little boy is. And happy to see him when he returns.

(Gonna hold this child though she's far away Gonna hold my baby like it's yesterday Rocking Song - Acappella)

And not giving up on him. As the boy grows up and comes back time and time again the tree wonders where he is between visits.

(If you leave me now, you'll take away the biggest part of me - Chicago)

And in the end, happy when the boy returns and only needs a place to rest.

(So happy together - The Turtles)

Here are a couple more books that will help to teach you and encourage you not mater your age.

The Sneetches and Other Stories
The Sneetches and Other Stories

What can I say. Dr. Seuss always has a little something to help reach out to the world.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car

Its interesting how when you say Ian Flemming you think James Bond. But in this case the secret agent is the car not the man. A wonderful diversion from the spy world.


It is sometimes nice to hear another read a story to you. Even if you are the one that reads to others. Just be aware that at the end of the story you may need tissues. (And yes this is experience talking.)


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      PaigSr 2 years ago from State of Confussion

      @aesta1 - As they say - "It's better to give then to receive!" And I am glad I was able to share something that helps inspire others to give. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is one of my favourite books. I always look back to this when I get tired of giving.

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Zeross4: Its interesting how I did not completely see them either until I started writing and the words just appeared on the page.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I love this book! The way you relate it to what parents do for their children or spouses do for each other is very thought provoking. Thanks for giving me a new perspective on a favorite childhood book!