The Giving Tree

6qOIs“I called it my giving tree because it inspires me. I love climbing trees in general but this tree I loved the most because I climb up high and look down at its branches and I just love it… So many ideas. I’ve written so many songs from this tree. I wrote “Heal the World” in this tree, “Will you be there”, “Black or White”, “Childhood”. I love climbing trees. I think water balloon fights and climbing trees.. those are two of my favorites.” –

Michael famously named the tree in Neverland that he would write songs in “The Giving Tree,” a reference to this book:
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Also found stored in the Vaccaro Vault.

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“To say that this particular apple tree is a “giving tree” is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein’s popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once carved into the tree as a child that said “M.E. + T.” “And then the tree was happy… but not really.” When there’s nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. “And the tree was happy.” While the message of this book is unclear (Take and take and take? Give and give and give? Complete self-sacrifice is good? Complete self-sacrifice is infinitely sad?), Silverstein has perhaps deliberately left the book open to interpretation.” (All ages) –Karin Snelson

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About nefertari25

Portuguese Medical, Court and Conference Interpreter and Translator. With 18 years experience working as a contractor freelance for Municipal, State Courts and Immigration Court Review. Studied at Pontificia Universidade Catolica - PUCRS , Porto Alegre, Brazil with a Bachelor Degree in German Studies and Romance Languages. Studied at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA Major in English as a second language. Certified Medical Interpreter in the State of Georgia. US. Bridging of the Gap Certification.
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One Response to The Giving Tree

  1. Billie says:

    This is a beautiful teaching story about the inmense value of give, always give….
    ‘We are the ones to make a brither day, so let’s start giving.

    Thanks dear Nef.

    I love the word from Michael ❤

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