The Giving Tree is one of the most beloved and heart-warming children’s stories of the twentieth century. Shel Silverstein tells the tale of a selfless tree who loves a boy so much it gives up everything to make him happy. Adults and children alike are easily moved by reading the book. The story offers the opportunity to reflect and think of ways we can give selflessly as a form of true love.
Read the book in print or watch this video version of the story:
You can also watch this 1973 video of the author and illustrator, Shel Silverstein, reading the story:
Reflection Questions for The Giving Tree
- Who has been like a giving tree to you? How have they loved, helped, and given to you?
- What could you give without asking anything in return (like the giving tree)?
- The tree was happy when the boy was there. Who are you happiest to be around and why?
Giving like the Giving Tree Worksheet
This worksheet will help children reflect on the people in their lives who give to them like the giving tree. It will also encourage them to think of ways they can give selflessly like the giving tree in the story.