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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Have you ever read Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree? Its a very popular children's book, so as a parent you probably have. Charlie from How to Be a Dad recently blogged about reading The Giving Tree with his son and I thought it was a really good post. The general theme of the book that most people understand easily is that an anti-greed message is attempting to be sent. However, if you search deeper into the book you could really see the relationship between the boy and the tree as a metaphor for a parent and child. The tree gives the boy everything that he needs all throughout his life and eventually is gone, but never complains that the boy takes and takes. It never dawned on me before that The Giving Tree sends a message to both the parent reading the book and the child being read to at the same time.
Check out the original post here: The Living Tree