Give a Gift with Meaning
- What: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- When: 12 months to 10 years
- Why: Encourage thoughtfulness, classic read
- Where: Amazon
If you want to remind your child of the simple things during these times of massive consumptions and comparisons, check out Shel Silverstein’s classic book, The Giving Tree.
It tells the sweet story of a boy and a tree. Illustrated in Silverstein’s distinctive black line drawings on a white background, it captures the imaginations of kids big and small. The boy loves the tree, and the tree loves the boy, who, in the way of children everywhere, grows up. As he grows, the tree gives unselfishly until he has nothing left to give, by which point the old man can appreciate the tree for its true friendship and sacrifices.
I love this story because it not only reminds my kids to be creative and ask for what they want, but it also delivers a message of being thankful for what you have. It also emphasizes caring for others. If you want a great gift, you can get 40th Anniversary Edition that includes the story on CD read by the author himself. If you haven’t read this tale in many years, or you’re picking it up for this first time, the heartwarming narrative still finds the perfect note, especially during this time of giving.