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The Giving Tree

The Taking Tree: A Feminist Parody of Shel Silverstein's Classic

Brian Gresko | Posted 06.18.2016 | Women
Brian Gresko

Remember Shel Silverstein's classic story The Giving Tree? In it, a female tree gives everything -- her apples, branches, even her trunk -- to this little boy she loves. She has a total martyr complex; it's messed up! So I started wondering, what if the genders were reversed?

Thanks But No Thanks, Shel Silverstein

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

My old book and I went down the stairs and curled up with three children under a blanket on the couch. The Giving Tree I read loudly, so excited to share this special book from my childhoodwith them. Within four minutes, two children were sobbing uncontrollably and one (the smallest one) had run away to escape the mayhem I had created.

Was The Giving Tree A Chump?

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Robert Levy for Off the Shelf Robert Levy is a Harvard graduate subsequently trained as a forensic psychologist. He is also an award-winning playw...

The Giving Tree

Carolyn Ossorio | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Carolyn Ossorio

Did you know that Seattle is one of the only major cities in the U.S. that has a vast network of urban fruit trees?

Mean People Still Suck

Kate Clinton | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Kate Clinton

Once when I had been brought up short by lurid graffiti freshly scratched on a new bathhouse on Cape Hatteras, an old, sand-blasted woman came up behi...

'The Giving Tree' As A Horror Movie

Posted 08.14.2013 | Comedy

From the "Twisted mind of Shel Silverstein," Funny or Die re-imagines the children's classic The Giving Tree as a horror movie. This giving tree is ou...

Wholeness and Sacrifice: Circumcision, Mutuality, Trees and Quilts

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

There are moments, such as circumcision, when it is hard to feel secure about God's commitment to humanity. But such is true about every relationship -- there are moments in which we doubt an equal return on our emotional investment.

'The Giving Tree' Gives Me Hives, And Other Books Parents Love Or Hate

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.01.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

As I have learned writing about parenting over the years, we develop intense opinions and some dysfunctional relationships with the stories we read (or refuse to read) to our children every night.

Hey, Kids! A Decade After His Death, Shel Silverstein Has a New Book

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.22.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Every Thing On It, published eleven years after Shel Silverstein's death, arrived yesterday. Homework was instantly abandoned. The Girl Who Hates To Read simply had to dive into this collection of 139 poems.

9 Earth Day Favorites You Should Read To Celebrate (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.22.2011 | Books

It's Earth Day, and in order to celebrate, we asked you what you'd be reading, or recommend reading, to recognize the day. We got a wide range of ...

Children's Books That Can Still Make You Cry

The Guardian | Imogen Russell Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Many books make me cry when I encounter them for the first time, although fewer these days than during my mascara-smeared teens. But it's rare that a ...

Indie Rockers Record Shel Silverstein Album

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

You're probably familiar with Johnny Cash's rendition of "A Boy Named Sue," but did you know it was written by beloved children's poet Shel Silverstein?

Fifty Lessons Learned from a Decade of Service in International Development

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

I recently had the honor of addressing the Fellows of the New York City New Leaders Council as part of their 2010 Institute. My topic was "Lessons in Non-Profit Management and International Development."

Make A Hands-On Difference for Haiti: Student Update

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Dilenschneider

Middle school students across the country provide "hands-on" support for Haitian earthquake victims by assembling hundreds of health kits for an international aid organization.