Feb 07 2011

Video: The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Published by at 9:16 am under Poetry,Videos

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.

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Ivan M. Granger, sunshine. sunshine said: The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein http://t.co/01Ufm1f – I felt the same way, though I didn't see the animated version until much later. […]

  2. sofieon 08 Feb 2011 at 7:05 am

    I am a special Ed. tutor and this is my favorite book for the younger kids. I once had a 4 year old
    Russian boy who I was helping with pronunciation. I read him this book and he would ask for it again and again each lesson. I have never seen the animation- Thanks Ivan for this treat.

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