Jing's Amazing Read
My Amazing Read
Jing is an Information Services Librarian at UTS, her amazing read is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.
Why is it amazing?
It's a very simple book designed for young children, but it's such a touching story that it can bring adults to tears. It is an amazing book, describing motherhood using deceptively simple and easy words.
A tree loves a little boy and would give him anything to make him happy. Every time the boy gets something from the tree, he runs away for a long time and comes back for something else. When the boy grows up, the tree gives him her fruit, leaves, branches and even the trunk. At last the boy becomes an old man, and there is only an old stump left. This is the last conversation between the boy and the tree:
"I don't need very much now," Said the boy.
"Just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
"Well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting.
Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.
Who should read this book
Everyone, especially mothers.
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