Feb 07 2011
I remember seeing this animated version of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” as a four-year-old child with my mother at the University of Oregon in the early 1970s. In fact, it’s one of my earliest memories.
“The Giving Tree” is simple enough for a child to understand, yet rich enough for an adult to appreciate. The patient, selfless sacrifice of the tree for the boy’s happiness broke my heart as a child, and has haunted me ever since. It taught me early on how a broken heart can be a beautiful thing… and how we should never take for granted the endless gifts of the natural world.