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The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein
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This year, as The Giving Tree turns fifty, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in ebook format. This digital edition will allow young readers and lifelong fans to continue the legacy and love of a household classic that will now reach an even wider audience. Never before have Shel Silverstein's children's books appeared in a format other than hardcover.Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.Supports the Common Core State Standards.
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gclift
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein in 1964 is a classic read aloud for any age group. This book is great for teaching morals. In the book, a tree loves a little boy so much they give every part of themselves to show their love. This book has won the 1974 New York Times Outstanding Book Award winner. Great read aloud!

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Jburns13
The Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein

This book is about a relationship between an apple tree and a young boy and their kindness and willing to give towards one another. As the boy grows older the tree is still giving and still recognizes him and addresses him as boy all his life.

Jburns13 Published: October 7, 1964

Author/Illustrator: Shel Silverstein

Genre: Children's Literature, Picture book, Fiction

Nominated for kid's choice award for favorite book
Awards: In 1974 won for New York Times Outstanding book award winner
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katifurrey
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This has always been my favorite book. It taught me to share with others and not take too much from someone, even if they allow you to have it. Sharing is such a big thing in kindergarten so I think this would be a really great book for younger readers

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#Giving 🍎 #NovemberNarrative 🍁🤎❤️🧡💛

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 💚💚 3w
Eggs Perfect 🤩🌳❤️ 3w
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Kshakal
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So true 💗 3w
Eggs Lovely 🥰 3w
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Mboyd28
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Now it feels like I only see you when you need something. How do you think that makes me feel?

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Mboyd28
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I just love the moral of this story. To always be there for your friends and when you do something for others to not expect anything in return.

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Mboyd28
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite picture books. The story is centered around a tree and a boy. Throughout the story we see the boy grow up until he is an old man and the tree remain the same. Throughout his life the joy always asks the tree for everything and takes without second thought, but the tree continues to give and never asks the boy for anything.

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HeathHof
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I found the cutest The Giving Tree 🌳 candle from Noth Ave. Candle Co at our little bookstore down town. 💚🍎💚

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TheSpineView
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Eggs Perfect 💚🌳💚 3mo
TheSpineView 💞 3mo
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Librarybelle
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Banned in 1988 for the sexist nature of its content, this is recognized as a classic. Rereading this brought tears to my eyes. And yet…with more life experience, I find I am not as completely enamored in it as I was when I first read it. As the “new” ending that was posted online last year shows, this is a book about sacrifice, but also a good discussion starter for boundaries. #PictureBook #BBRC #LetterG

PS: I really need to buy the US stamps!

LibrarianRyan I should probably read this 3mo
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Kayla.Adriena
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My version of accessorizing 😆. I still have my copy which I was given in 1998! I always thought the Giving Tree was anti-transcendental, the boy takes and takes and takes after all until the tree is nothing but a stump. Anyway @LiteraryinLawrence I mailed out the next #LMPBC book via media mail today 💌📮

LiteraryinLawrence Thanks! Have you read the new ending version of Giving Tree where the tree sets boundaries? If not, you should. It‘s amazing. 6mo
Kayla.Adriena @LiteraryinLawrence maybe? Sounds vaguely familiar! I will look it up again 6mo
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TheBookHippie
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One of my “kids” thought this book was just so so sad. He never read it until he was in college -when I met him, he‘s 32 now and I‘m for sure sending him a letter with this stamp!!!

julieclair I agree with him! I never understood why everyone loved this book so much. 7mo
AmyG He is right. I remember reading The Giving Tree to my son...he was maybe 2 1/2-3??? We both were crying by the end and never read it again. 7mo
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Tamra It‘s rather disconcerting. 😔 7mo
UwannaPublishme 😊🙌🏻 7mo
Magpiegem Oh The Giving Tree… those stamps will have people sadly sighing all over the place. 7mo
kspenmoll Love these stamps! I got some too! 7mo
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UwannaPublishme
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How cool are these new Shel Silverstein postage stamps!!! 😍 They‘re certainly inspiring me to write more letters today to my wonderful pen pals.
Maybe I‘ll finally catch up?✍🏻📬
#LitsyLove
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Zuhkeeyah Awww those stamps are adorable! 7mo
TheBookHippie Ooooo. 7mo
marleed I just bought some sheets to place in the package for my son and DIL‘s baby shower. I thought it would be so fun for thank you notes! 7mo
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UwannaPublishme @marleed Great idea! 🙌🏻 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love these stamps 💚💚 7mo
UwannaPublishme @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Right?! I need to stock up!😍 7mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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New stamps at the post office today.

AmyG I hope my PO has these! 🤞🏻 8mo
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robinb
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💚💚💚 Just got my Shel Silverstein stamps…now to convince myself that I shouldn‘t be selfish…🤣🤣🤣

Blueberry 💚 8mo
mabell Oh I haven‘t seen those! Cool! 8mo
robinb @mabell The Giving Tree is an all-time favorite so I couldn't resist. :) 8mo
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SmartSassery
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New stamps for my #LitsyLoves 🤗💜
My daughter really wants a #LitsyLove kids edition. 🤩

CBee Omg these stamps are amazing!! 8mo
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robinb
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I LOVE everything about this! One of my favorite authors/books. 💚

AmyG Oh wow!!!! 8mo
robinb @AmyG I know!! I hope I can get some. 😊 8mo
AmyG I was just thinking the same. I am praying my post office gets some. (edited) 8mo
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robinb @AmyG Actually, I just looked it up on USPS.com and ordered a couple of books that way. Free shipping, but I had to pay a $1.40 handling fee…I‘ll live with that. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
Nute Gonna be on the lookout for these.🤗 8mo
Librarybelle Oh! Thank you for posting this! I will definitely have to get these 😁 8mo
robinb @Nute @Librarybelle 👍👍😊 8mo
kspenmoll That is wonderful! Thanks for posting; will check my PO 8mo
robinb @kspenmoll 👍👍 Just happy I ran across it. 😊 8mo
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 232.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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rather_be_reading
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Book 22

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TheSpineView
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#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

📚 So many that deserve to be mentioned. However, because of my grandkids I am choosing J.K. Rowling. Not only did I enjoy the series but my grandkids did also and I love the message of friendship and other life lessons they teach.
📙 No. Not a writer even of my own thoughts.
📘 Tagged

ozma.of.oz Silverstein is an excellent choice! Thank you for sharing! 13mo
TheSpineView @ozma.of.oz 😊 13mo
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Liz_M Fabulous! 13mo
RaeLovesToRead 😆🤣🤣 13mo
Suet624 Yes please. 12mo
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Tattooedteacher
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#gratefulharvest Day 8 Prompt: Giving

Eggs 💚🍎💚 my choice too 13mo
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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 13mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️🍎💕 13mo
TheSpineView Love this book!💕 13mo
Eggs @TheSpineView 🥰🙌🏻📚 13mo
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kspenmoll
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Eggs Love S.S. ❤️ 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww 🍎🌳 13mo
foreverbooked Classic 13mo
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NataliePatalie
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1. Yes, A Series of Unfortunate Events and Regarding the Fountain. 👀

2. Usually not unless I find a cover REALLY unsettling lol.

3. The Giving Tree 🌳

@Blueberry @MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️📚🌿 2y
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Mmurphy
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Mehso-so

As someone who missed out on this classic, I found it very interesting to read through the lens of an adult. This P book follows a tree and its relationship with a young boy as they both grow together and apart. This book is considered controversial and is believed to be sexist so please be conscious of that before bringing it into your classroom.

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Mmurphy This would be an interesting AS as Shel Silverstein is known for some classis in literature. This would help manage information in resources in teaching our students about different authors (6.3) UDL.

For our EL students, I would have them create a graphic organizer about the author in question so they are able to organize the information to better understand it (7).

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Mmurphy A resource to find activities in your classroom would be: https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/giving-tree
This resource includes the 50th anniversary activity booklet which has many things you can take away and use in your lesson.
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DrSpalding It‘s hard to believe that this book has been around that long! Reading is fundamental is a quality resource and I really like the idea of providing an author study. 2y
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Bookjunkie57
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I confess I‘ve never read The Giving Tree as a child. With my first reading being an adult in 2021 I‘m not sure what I am supposed to make of it. This tree obviously gave its absolute all to make the boy happy and while that is admirable, this is not praised behavior in this time and age. Yet there are still parents who give absolutely everything for their children. So I‘m left with very conflicting feelings about this book.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I think those feelings are pretty common. 2y
Bookjunkie57 @BarbaraTheBibliophage really? I‘m mostly seeing how people love the book and it it‘s a favorite from childhood and I feel like maybe I‘m missing something because I‘ve only read it as an adult. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Bookjunkie57 Hmmm. Well, I dunno. I‘ve seen people who are conflicted, for sure. So it isn‘t just you and me who feel this way! 2y
Bookjunkie57 @BarbaraTheBibliophage well I‘m glad I‘m not alone. 😉 2y
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Emiranda
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This P is a great resource for a choral reading. The poem is about a tree who loves the little boy and does everything that she can for him. https://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/choral_reading UDL 2.4 would be used here as the students are reading aloud. EL 32 as the class would have the opportunity to read together.

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Texreader
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Roary47
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I saw this on kindle unlimited and decided to remember the sweet giving tree. It was just as good as I remembered.

Littlewolf1 This has always been one of my favorites 2y
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TheBookAddict
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Guess what our November/Thanksgiving display will be!

Sargar114 💚💚💚 2y
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JackOBotts
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#RaisingReaders - my Kindergartener is reading to me outside under the play set. 😍 He‘s made it through the book without any help from me! 🤗

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LaraS
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For those of you who were also scarred by Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree, may I present an alternate ending called The Tree Who Set Healthy Boundaries (courtesy of Topher Fixed It): https://www.topherpayne.com/giving-tree 😂

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bsiqueira
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This P picture book is about the adorable relationship between a little boy and a giving tree. As the little boy begins to grow, he forgets about his tree. Until one day.. he‘s come back to ask his giving tree for a crazy amount of things! This book would make a wonderful RT in a classroom :) #ucflae3414su20

bsiqueira https://mrswillskindergarten.com/the-giving-tree-and-more/ This website provides a great deal of activities in which students can make connections to the text! A UDL strategy would be 4.2 “optimize access to tools and assistive technologies” which would work beautiful with creating their own tree. Follow with ESOL strategy 29 “Offer a variety of reference materials at the students instructional level for independent use.” 2y
AshleyH Love this book! Poetry is so important to include in your class and this is a really great book! Great UDL and EL principles and strategies. 2y
DrSpalding Readers theater is a good choice. I have seen this book as a storytelling and a read aloud. You have many options! Your descriptions of the universal design principle works nicely with this book however I am not sure that English learner strategy 29 is the best choice. 2y
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gpraytor
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This RF book would be great companion during a literature circle.

Using these principles and strategy to have engagement and understanding:
UDL Principle 3.2: highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas and relationships
UDL Principle 2.3: support decoding of text and symbols
ESOL Strategy 6: monitor students comprehension
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gpraytor The is a great lesson plan to teach students about the power of giving : https://www.teachersfirst.com/lessons/givingtree.cfm 2y
DrSpalding More detail needed. 2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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I've always wanted to read Shel Silverstein & my brother's wife gave me a reason - it was one of her favorite books as a child. It was sadder than I expected so imagine my surprise when I started ugly crying at 8 this morning. This is the second book off my #bookspinbingo list and hits one box on the #summerfunjr bingo card - Read a book a family member loved as a child.

@TheAromaofBooks @StayCurious @4thhouseontheleft

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
Sargar114 Love The Giving Tree! 💚 2y
UwannaPublishme Shel! 🙌🏻 2y
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Addison_Reads
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No matter your age this book will definitely make you feel #Sentimental when reading it. 😭

Day 7 #BoundTogetherJune @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 Great choice! 💚💚💚 3y
Smrloomis I only read this as an adult and I ❤️ it so much! 😭 3y
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AmyG
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#7Booksin7Days day 7

I read this to my son....once. By the end, the two of us were in tears. We never read it again.
One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Pretty much sums up parenthood....for me.

Crazeedi Did you know he won 2 Grammys for country western songs? He wrote 'A Boy Named Sue' !! 3y
Butterfinger @Crazeedi wasn't he also a writer for Bewitched? Or maybe it was I Dream of Jeannie. 3y
AmyG @Crazeedi @Butterfinger Wow. I didn‘t know any of this! 3y
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Sace I think he wrote "One's On The Way" for Loretta Lynn too.... Don't quote me though. 3y
Butterfinger @AmyG @Crazeedi I was way off base. Sydney Sheldon wrote I Dream of Jeannie. 3y
Crazeedi @Sace I know he won 2 Grammys and wrote country songs! 3y
AmyG I didn‘t know about Sidney Sheldon either. Ha! @Butterfinger 3y
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Chrisk
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Humor is such a joy.

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UwannaPublishme
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Thanks for the tag @Blaire ! 🤗 Here‘s my favorite book that has a green cover. Hmm. #ispy any books with a cute animal on the cover. Not sure who has played already, so I‘ll tag @TheAromaofBooks @webhau1 @JaneyWaneyB and @TheBookHippie But anyone can join in.

Blaire Great choice! 3y
Tanisha_A Love that 3y
UwannaPublishme @Blaire @Tanisha_A Shel is the BEST! 🙌🏻 3y
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Agavitt1
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is an MF and has won the New York Times Outstanding Book Award. It's a classic that I remember reading as a child, about a tree who gives everything she can to a boy who she loves very much, It's great for RA and a good source to use is https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/giving-tree which provides numerous activities to do after reading the book. #UCFLAE3414SP20

Agavitt1 UDL Principle 9.3 Develop self-assessment and reflection: This is a good book to be able to reflect on one's own self. ESOL Strategy 22. Give enough wait time for second language learners to respond to questions. This is a good book to promote higher thinking so be sure to give language learners enough time to think through the questions and comprehend them. 3y
deiacovab This book is so special I think to a lot of us. I really liked the resource you provided, there seems to be a ton of activities you can use while teaching this book 3y
Brennap Yes this is a classic! I loved this book when I was younger, great to continue to reading this to kids! 3y
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LeahH Love this book! Thanks for sharing it with us! I love your ESOL strategy. I think you related it to the book nicely! 3y
Kyleigh_J I absolutely love this book, it has always been one of my favorites. Your resource is fantastic, I will definitely utilize it in my classroom. 3y
Brittany_H I love this book, oh the memories! I really love that your resource has multiple resources linked for this book! 3y
DrSpalding Reading is Fundamental is an excellent resource that you should continue to use! You have done a nice job of identifying universal design and English learner strategies that fit your selected book. 3y
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Madison_swart
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The Giving Tree is a NY times best seller P book that tells the story of a tree who loves a boy who visits him everyday. This would be a good RA book for your class. www.shelsilverstein.com is a great resource for all his amazing poetry. EL strategy of reinforcing the key ideas you present again and again UDL principle 6.3 facilitate managing information and resources. #UCFLAE3414sp20

McKaylaH Love Shel Silverstein, one of my favorite authors! Using the his website as a resource for this book is perfect! Great post! 💙 3y
DrSpalding Very brief but excellent book choice. 3y
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carolinem
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“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein is a wonderful P and S book for young children. It is a Newbery honor book. It is about a young boy and a tree and it goes into details about their journey together.
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carolinem This site provides resources to help teachers provide activities to use along with this book.
https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/giving-tree
UDL principles 2.3 which is support of decoding of text which can be used with this book. ESOL strategy 11 which is putting language into meaningful context.
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VictoriaG This is such an amazing book and I love the picture you used for it! I think this would be a great book to share with classes especially with your UDL principle. 3y
MaddyJ I love this book. I remember it from when I was little. It is a great text for deciding text as well! Love the resources! 3y
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deiacovab This book used to be my favorite as a child and still makes me cry to this day. I love your picture as well the tree is perfect! 3y
carolinem @VictoriaG @MaddyJ @deiacovab This book is truly amazing and it‘s a great text to teach your future students 😊 3y
Agavitt1 I read this for one of my reviews as well and it made me remember how it actually got me thinking of how we should treat others as a small child. Obviously, it‘s about a tree but it does make one think you should treat others well, and therefor I agree with you that it‘s an excellent book to share with students! 3y
DrSpalding You were truly thinking ahead to take that picture while we were on our field trip! This is a wonderful example of fantasy with a valuable message that all students should hear. Nice alignment. 3y
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amandar
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“The Giving Tree”, F, is a Newbery Honor book. This book focuses on the relationship developed between a female apple tree and a young boy. Their days spent together are described. This page, https://www.raisingareader.org/2015/12/04/the-giving-tree/ , provides info on practices for comprehension. UDL principles 3.3 and 3.4 and ESOL strategy 1 and 4, relating to comprehension, best apply. #ucflae3414sp20

Keishla.O I love your resource. It really gives insight on how to use context clues while trying to infuse comprehension strategies. Great choice! 3y
ShardaeP I‘m curious of their relationship. I want to know if the tree talks to the little boy. As well as, what problems or solutions the characters face. (edited) 3y
Emma_Barcena I want to read this book so I know what it is about!! Thank you for sharing :) 3y
amandar @shardaep I see the relationship most like a mother and son relationship. While he‘s young, he plays and climbs up the tree and the tree is happy. But as he grows, he becomes interested in different things and the tree feels alone so she gives up things to make the boy happy which makes her happy. It‘s not necessarily a joyful ending but more like bittersweet. 3y
DrSpalding The raising a reader website is a good one. This is a classic story that has a powerful message. 3y
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TheBookHippie
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Brilliant!!! We put this up today at the Title One School I‘m at. ❤️🎄has the classroom needs on it.

kspenmoll I adore seeing all the things you do with kids. 3y
Crazeedi You are an angel to the children 3y
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thejessashmore
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The book has a very powerful message about giving and being selflessly happy with your actions. The illustrations added much more emotion and symbolism to the story, making it more interesting and deep.

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and she loved a little boy very, very much - even more than she loved herself.