The Giving Tree

Rainee Luper, News Writer

Giving is a free transfer of the possession of an object or feeling to someone. The Giving Tree is a children’s book, but it has impacted an overwhelming number of individuals. The Giving Tree was written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. It was first published in 1964 and throughout its career, the book has been translated into numerous languages and has become one of Silverstein’s best!

The story begins with the line, “Once there was a tree… and she loved a little boy.” When one begins reading the story, often they don’t know what to expect the closing of the story to be. As the story escalades, the boy grows older and so does the tree. The boy takes for granted the tree’s love and heart, yet the tree remains the same and continues to give the boy anything he needs or desires.

The moral of this book is to remind everyone to have giving hearts. In this world, love is the only moral code everyone can understand, so we should share it. Many times people are busy and their lives become a routine. Often, we become selfish and worry more about our desires and wants than we do the well-being of one another. Instead of getting caught in selfishness, we should slow down and realize the importance of showing love to others. Throughout history of The Giving Tree, it has become a morality marker and inspiration to many around the world.