Dear Shel Silverstein,
When I was a little girl, my mom used to read The Giving Tree to me over and over. I loved the story and loved hearing my mom read it to me, but it was not until I was a little older that I grew to understand its true meaning. I believe your book is about unconditional love.
The tree had so much joy when the boy was present. The tree loved the boy and the boy brought happiness to the tree. The tree wanted the boy to always be happy. There have been times in my life where I have been like the tree. I have helped others by feeding the needy, offering hugs, and always being there for my friends and family when they need me. I try to help out at home with chores and projects (cleaning the cat's litter box) without being asked. I have unconditional love for my family, friends, and teammates.
The tree showed unconditional love to the boy by giving and expecting nothing in return. The tree gave and gave to the boy. The boy was selfish. He never thanked the tree for the many gifts the tree gave him and he just kept taking and taking. There have been times in my life when I have been like the boy too. But the tree never stopped giving and showing love for the boy. My parents have given me so many things in my life that I will never be able to repay. But they do not expect anything in return. They just love me the way I am. I try to be grateful, but I know I am at times selfish.
I believe we should all try to have unconditional love for others. We need to help each other, be kind and thoughtful to one another. If we are all more like the tree and less like the boy, the world would be a better and happier place for all of us.
Thank you for writing a children's book that is so fun to read yet has a deeper meaning that we can all take to our hearts.
Ava Belle Hawthorne