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If you don't read out this book to your child, you will live with the sin of not telling one of the most wonderful tales to your child. So, don't be on the wrong side of life.
The story is about the kindness of a tree that keeps enriching a life--that of a boy--till it gives away everything it had.
The theme of the story is that of human greed and endless desire; and also of nature's abundant generosity.
I am in tears after reading this book. My five year old knows it. Whenever I reach the end of the tale, he looks into my eyes to see if tears have welled up in them. He always finds my eyes wet. Always.
It wasn't my cup of tea. I didn't like it; I found it to be rather melancholy. It's about a boy who keeps taking from a tree who loves him so much until she (the tree) is reduced to a stump. The illustration is bland as well.
I didn't know the content of the book when I bought it for 4 years old. Reading the book to her, I found the book has become increasingly dark ... like a mother loves a kid unconditionally to an extent that she gives everything and never provide guidance or discipline ... I started to be uneasy when I read about cutting the branches to build a house ... when I read about cutting the tree for boat ... my 4-years old was sad and asked why??!!! I'm quite tolerant of many children books when others complained about complacency ..... Ultimately, the book did shake me ... it's not a children book and it is not a book I will like to read as it emphasizes the failing some people for being ungrately ...
I bought this book because it's well known. But I don't like to read it to be daughter because it feels like a dysfunctional relationship. The trees gives everything of itself to the point that it is nothing at the end. And the boy in the book keeps taking without remorse. And there's no moral about how that's wrong. It just ends.
Definitely not a children’s book. This depressing little tale may be true, but I’d certainly isn’t for children. About a being that gives until it kills itself. Not really helpful in setting boundaries for self in any situation.