This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return
what parents are saying
I love this book, but it's really sad. I avoid reading it when I'm feeling emotional. But it's a beautiful story. (Oct 16, 2016)
Don't buy this unless you want to fall into a pit of despair and depression thinking about this poor tree and the metaphor it has for life. Also Shel's picture on the back literally scares our child.
Sep 11, 2020
My mom wrote in my copy that she gave me a long time ago that she hoped one day I understood this book. It has always touched me but as a mother I understand wanting to give my everything to a child.
Jul 15, 2017
I'm not sure how you can not love this book. A poignant commentary on our consumer culture (not necessarily negative, but important for kids to realize). It stuck with me from when I was a kid.
May 29, 2017
One of my favorite books!!! My kids love it and I love reading it. This is one I never tire of reading. The story line is so sweet of the tree never ceasing to give...similar to a parent with a child.
May 01, 2017
Another of mommy's favorite stories. My littles don't understand the message yet, but someday soon they will - it's such a good story with an important lesson about not taking things for granted!
Feb 15, 2017
My favorite children's book. I've been reading this to my son since he was 1, now 3, and he just told me, that we should get the tree some apples and oranges to make her happy.My heart melted a little
Jan 21, 2017