The Giving Tree
Written By: Shel SilverStein
Presented By: Cendra Mueller
In The Giving Tree, a young boy use to always play with a tree. They used to play and swing in the branches. But the boy left. Every time he came back, he would ask for something. First it was her apples and then her branches. She was happy because the boy was happy. The third time, he wanted to build a boat. So, she gave him her trunk. When the boy left with her trunk, she did not feel happy.Finally, the boy came back. But, he was no longer a little boy. She told the boy she had nothing left to give. All the boy wanted was somewhere to rest. She was now a stump. So she told him he could sit on her stump. She was finally happy again.
Implication #1: Friendship is a great thing to have
In the story, the tree and the young boy were the best of friends. They laughed and played. "There once was a tree and she loved a little boy" is how the story begins. Friendship is something everyone should have in life.
Implication #2: Don't let people take advantage of your generous nature
When the little boy was a young adult, he came back to the tree. When he came back he asked for money. The tree gave him her apples so he would have something to sell. She was happy because the boy was happy.