The Giving Tree, written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein, is about the relationship between a tree and a young boy. I love his simple black ink illustrations combined with words placed so they seem to dance across the page. This story is open to many interpretations but I believe the story describes how much the boy initially needs the tree and how his needs change as he ages. The tree seems to show its unconditional love towards the boy, possibly like a parent’s love for a child.
My kids responded to this book on their own level. After reading the story as a parent, it made me think about how much my kids have changed since they were infants and how their needs and our relationship will change as they get older. I believe the story is also a gentle reminder of how important it is to appreciate and take care of the things we love.
The tree may serve as a metaphor in this book but it’s still a tree and today is Arbor Day.
Go out and love a tree.
– Providence Neighborhood Planting Program (PNPP)-You can get a FREE tree planted in your neigborhood if you and your neighbors commit to care for the trees. This program is funded jointly by the City of Providence and the Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Street Tree Endowment, an Advised Fund of the Rhode Island Community Foundation. Download your application.
– Tree Planting – Saturday, April 28, 2007, 11 am. Blackstone Blvd across from Swan Point Cemetery. The Blackstone Parks Conservancy, a newly formed non profit organization, has received two Linden trees from the Tree Council with support from the Blackstone Park Improvement Association, the Dirt Diggers, the Perennial Gardeners and the Providence Parks Department. For information, call Anna Browder at (401) 521-6389.
Arbor Day Foundation has great educational resources for kids and adults throughout their website.
Become a member and get 10 free trees. To set your expectations, read the mixed reviews about their free tree program.
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