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What the community says about The Giving Tree
- "I am familiar with the MBTI personality scale, but I have never seen any resources that recommend certain books to people with certain types of personalities. It looks like this particular type is “socially energetic” (i.e. extroverted), though not necessarily the absolute most nurturing type. That said, I feel like someone with basically any type of personality type, especially any E* type, would definitely enjoy this book, as it is an extremely well-loved title in general. It's one of those books that is ostensibly for children, but actually appeals to just about everyone because it is so universal. "
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- "As much as I love Shel Silverstein, I don't think this book is particularly good for very young boys. The story is sad, at best poignant, and so open to interpretation that it's hard for it to be truly appealing to young children. If you really want to talk about nebulous topics with your two-year-old, then this book is great, but I don't know many two-year-olds who really want to dissect ideas. Something simpler and obviously happier and funnier would be better for such young boys."
- "I was searching for an adult picture book as I like looking at illustrations, maps and other visual additions while reading. I don't know why this book came up as a suggestion as it's for children. Since I accidentally bought it I went ahead and read it. It is cute and good for children."
- "This is a children's book that should be read to or by all children. This is probably Silverstein's most known book that isn't a collection of poetry for good reason. In it's short length it touches on a lot of emotions and values. This is good for children at any age, and all of my kids love it."
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- "I thought that this was meaningful and wonderful story. It is probably best to be read to kids in 4th grade and above based on my teaching experience, but it is also a book that could be read to kids at any age and then reread each year. They will get a different meaning from the same text as they grow older and mature. And they will be better for having heard the story many times. "
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- "This book is an absolute classic for all ages. I think that everyone should read this book as a child. I recently read it to my niece when I was visiting and she loved it so it definitely still holds up as a good story for today's generation of kids as well. Give it a shot, you won't regret it!"
- "If this is for recommendations of children's books then The Giving Tree is a classic a apt example. Thus making it a good solution. However, if this is supposed to be an original children's book then this solution does not work""Being generous and the value of giving is something I feel all children can benefit from learning. The illustration and message of this book gives kids of all ages a great understanding of why giving is important within life."
- "Wow, what a beautiful book! Not only are the illustrations precious, simple, and timeless, but the story is heartwarming and beautiful. Children and adults alike can enjoy this simple yet beautiful story about the love of a mother or father for their children. It helps children understand selfless love, and what love is really all about. "
- "The giving tree was a book given to me when i was really little, and read to me throughout my childhood. It is an amazing book about the perseverance of a tree and the ability to see the brighter side of things that are not always so happy. It's a great inspirational book."
- "I was on the hunt for the best timeless children's books according to Time magazine and this book was just what I needed! I love it and recommend to everyone."
- "The Giving Tree is a cutesy, acceptance-type book that, oddly enough, has an unclear message. It's very well written and illustrated, but it leaves the overall meaning up to the user? Take? Give? Self sacrifice? Etc. I highly recommend it because I found it quite interesting to sit and contemplate the possible meanings. I prefer that to books with a clear sense of purpose."
- "This is a classic children's book that I have enjoyed sharing with my kids. It's best if the kids are a little older and can understand some of the heavier topics that the book touches on. The illustrations are fun and the story itself teaches good morals and perspectives."