The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a level N on the Fountas and Pinnell reading level scale. The Giving Tree is a book about a tree who loves this boy. The boy loves the tree too, and he loves to play with the tree. However, the boy starts to grow up, and he doesn't come around and play with the tree as much until he stopped coming around completely. The times the boy actually came around, the boy is upset and wants things that the tree can provide but it takes pieces of her as he takes them. The tree becomes more upset the more he takes, until one day the boy is old and comes to visit the tree. The tree tells him that she has nothing to give him anymore, but the old man says all I need is a place to rest. The tree becomes so excited because an old stump is great for resting, and she gives this to him. This book makes me cry almost every time i read it. The Giving Tree could be a great book to teach students that if someone gives you something you should be grateful because you know how it feels to give something you love to someone. I have also created a lesson plan where students could retell the story by doing a problem/solution activity. Students could also make predictions through out the story, and maybe even create a new story where the boy gave things to the tree in return.