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Jukebooks: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

2013 November 27
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The Giving Tree by Shel SilversteinSerendipity slipped in as I pondered which book to feature for a Thanksgiving post this week. This song, The Giving Tree by Plain White Ts, was playing as I drove, and I confess that it took a couple of verses before realization clicked in. Here was the song, and, of course, the book.

Few books have the emotional power of The Giving Tree, and even fewer manage it with simple line drawings and spare text. For many readers, it is a painful story of thankless service, environmental ignorance, and male dominance. For others, it perfectly encapsulates the selfless love of a mother, a friend, or even of God.

I love the way Tim Lopez makes the book his own story, because that is absolutely the spirit of The Giving Tree. Below is just a snippet of the song, with images from the book interspersed with images that parallel the lyrics. I hope all of you who work so selflessly in your vocation will accept this as humble thanks for your own bottomless giving.

-Diane Colson, currently reading Burn by Julianna Baggott and listening to David and Goliath: underdogs, misfits and the art of battling giants, written and narrated by Malcolm Gladwell.

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