Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein :: I Heart Faces :: Smile

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Once there was a tree who loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come to play
Swinging from the branches, sleeping in the shade.
Laughing all the summer's hours away.
And so they love,
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

But soon the boy grew older and one day he came and said,
"Can you give me some money, tree, to buy something I've found?"
"I have no money," said the tree, "Just apples, twigs and leaves."
"But you can take my apples, boy, and sell them in the town."
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

But soon again the boy came back and he said to the tree,
"I'm now a man and I must have a house that's all my home."
"I can't give you a house" he said, "The forest is my house."
"But you may cut my branches off and build yourself a home"
And so he did.
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And time went by and the boy came back with sadness in his eyes.
"My life has turned so cold," he says, "and I need sunny days."
"I've nothing but my trunk," he says, "But you can cut it down
And build yourself a boat and sail away."
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And after years the boy came back, both of them were old.
"I really cannot help you if you ask for another gift."
"I'm nothing but an old stump now. I'm sorry but I've nothing more to give"
"I do not need very much now, just a quiet place to rest,"
The boy, he whispered, with a weary smile.
"Well", said the tree, "An old stump is still good for that."
"Come, boy", he said, "Sit down, sit down and rest a while."
And so he did and
Oh, the trees was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

29 comments:

kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS said...

We read that book nearly every night last year. Such a wonderful story.

kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS said...

We read that book nearly every night last year. Such a wonderful story.

kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS said...

We read that book nearly every night last year. Such a wonderful story.

kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS said...

We read that book nearly every night last year. Such a wonderful story.

Tamar SB said...

That smile - so so so so cute!!!!

Heather said...

This is my all time favorite book. It makes me cry every time. Amazes me though that someone who wrote such poignant children's poems also was a totally raunchy Playboy cartoonist...

Busy Bee Suz said...

That face!!!!!!
Love me some Shel!
XO

Christina said...

omg the scrunchy nose smile! Love!

Lauryn said...

One of our very favorite books...what a lovely story...

Noelle said...

Love that face! I used to read that book as a child. Can't wait to share it with my kiddos!

Heather Rodriguez said...

Love the Giving Tree so much and I LOVE this little scrunchie nose smile! So sweet!

Anita Johnson said...

perfect kid smile! I haven't thought of the Giving Tree in too long. Great book!

Super Doula Mom said...

Adorable!

Megan Traxel said...

Love the scrunchy nose!

Dresden said...

It's like I KNOW this boy just by this photo - priceless! I am always inspired by what you share.

Debby said...

I love that book. I had a special tree when I was growing up. The book reminds me of that tree.
Little guy is adorable. Love that nose.

Tracy P. said...

The scrunchy nose! So super cute!

Jim said...

Oh my.....this brought tears to my eyes Becky. So sweet and and moving.

Thank you for this. I needed to let them flow today.

All is well here.....moving forward.
Thanks.

sophie...^5 said...

Thanks for this Becky, hitting home today for sure!!

Ron

Kelly {Centsible Life} said...

So sweet! That's one of my favorite books. I even had a laptop sticker with the tree and the little boy.

Toni said...

Love scrunchy noses!! and legos ;)

photowannabe said...

What an adorable little smiley cutie pie. I love the wrinkled nose.
Haven't heard the Giving Tree in ages. Its so tender and I wish I could give without reserve as the tree did.

carrie @chockababy said...

I read this to my son and he didn't understand why it brought tears to my eyes. It's such a wonderful book - and a message of putting others before yourself. Thanks for sharing! And that smile - oh!

Jennifer Hoppins said...

What a cute face! I love this book, but it makes Elliot sad so we don't read it anymore. Your posts always make me feel good!

Carla Bruns said...

Love this! And what an adorable picture.

*Jess* said...

That story makes me cry! And what a cute picture!

Julie said...

Crinkly noses. Does it get any sweeter?!

Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

The Giving Tree is one of my favorites. Our Kindergarten teacher reads it every year to the kids.

Anonymous said...

aww...so cute!

-Katherine Vargas