My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Giving Tree is one of maybe three books that, as a child, I checked out of my elementary school library whenever it was available. I must have read Shel Silverstein’s simple tale of a boy and a tree at least 20 times. The power of the story of the tree who gives everything it has for the boy’s happiness lies in its simplicity. Each reader, based on their life experiences, could have a different interpretation of the tree’s sacrifice. And one’s interpretation certainly changes with age and experience. No one should go through their life without reading this at least once.