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The Giving Tree

By Awesome People

Ericka Reynoso

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein
Born September 25, 1930. Died on May 10, 1999.
Studied music and established himself a musician, composer and writer.
Serve in the US Army in 1950,
Stars & Stripes
from 1957 to mid-1970s.
Ursula Nordstrom
1963, convinced him to being writing children material
The Giving Tree,
became Silverstein's most popular.
Composing music, it was his work as an author that set him apart from everyone else.
The Text In History
Published in 1964
First banned in Boulder, Colorado in 1998
Also was banned in Omaha, New York in 2007
Made number 26 on Summer of Banned Books ’13
The Giving Tree
has been translated into more than 30 languages and is continually named to lists of the best children's books of all time.
Current Status
Image by goodtextures: http://fav.me/d2he3r8
David, Derek, Lincoln, and Ericka
Work Cited
Silverstein, Shel 2013. The Biography Channel. Web. Nov 25 2013, <http://www.biography.com/people/shel-silverstein-9483912.>
"Underwaterland." . Motive Media, n.d. Web. 25 Nov 2013. <http://www.underwaterland.com/about-shel-silverstein.php>
"100 Most Frequently Challenged Books: 1990–1999." ALA.org. American Library Association, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2013.
“Banned Books Awareness: Shel Silverstein.“ bannedbooks.world.edu. World Education, August 15, 2011. Web. December 07. 2013.
Christina M. Blair. “Guidelines for Philosophical Discussion.” www.mtholyoke.edu. Mount Holyoke University. n.d. Web. 12 07.2013.
Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2010 ed. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2010. Print.
Silverstein, Shel. The Giving Tree. New York: Harper & Row, 1964. Print.
The tree represents Mother Nature and the boy represents humankind.
The tree represents God and the boy represents humankind and human nature.
The tree and the boy are friends (i.e., "the message of the tale is seen as a relation between adults").
The tree and the boy have a parent-child relationship.
While Shel Silverstein's more controversial book,
A Light in the Attic
, was one of the most banned books of the 90s and remains challenged in some places today,
The Giving Tree
has remained largely unchallenged apart from a few cases. The American Library Association knows of no cases where it is currently challenged or banned.

“The Giving Tree” is the story of a relationship between an individual and a tree. Early in the affiliation, the young boy only asked simple and small things such as eating her apples, swinging on her branches, or sliding down her trunk. The tree was happy. However, as the boy grew older he began to ask more and more from the tree. The tree gave and gave until she didn’t have anything more to give. As an old man, returned to the tree and was happy.

The Giving Tree
“The Giving Tree is one of the most affectionate, oft-quoted, and beloved children’s stories of all time” David Herzog
Where and Why it was Banned
Boulder, Colorado
Undermining parental authority
Undermining religious authority
Omaha, New York
To sad for children
Incorporates themes to large for children's understanding
Scary picture on the back of the book
Key Themes
Idea of happiness: what does it mean to be happy?
Idea of Love: what does it mean to love? How far do you go for love?
It examines the consequences of giving.
Notion of selflessness and selfishness.

Ericka - Author: Shel Silverstein
David - Summary | Key Themes
Lincoln - Interpretation | Text History
Derek - Reasons for Banning
Lincoln's Interpretation
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