Lawrence Public Library : Banned Book Week Entry

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Statement: Banned for debate over interpretation. The tree gave the boy all she had because he asked for all she had. Leaving the reader to wonder is the boy too selfish? Is the tree too selfless?

Both eloquently simple and brilliantly complex, “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstien, says so much and leaves even more unsaid. I find myself thinking of the tree as a representation of nature, and the boy as a representation of humans. Taking and taking all there is to have, and then, only when there’s nothing left, taking a moment to think.

 

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