The Giving Tree

Cover depicting the tree giving away an apple

Bibliographic Information: Silverstein, Shell. The Giving Tree. United States: Harper and Row, 1964. Print.

Brief Annotation: The story of a boy and his friendship with a tree.  As their friendship progresses, readers are able to find a deeper understanding of relationships.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: k-6

Readers who will like this: Children who like stories with morals, and children who like stories about trees.

Rating/Response: 4 The illustrations are simple, but their simpleness only adds to the deeper meaning of the text.  This is a story with an incredibly powerful meaning.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is the most important thing to do when you are in a relationship?

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing.

Rationale for Strategy: This book has so many opportunities for students to use reading strategies so it makes sense to focus on synthesizing.

Posted by: Emily Busch


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