My post yesterday about The Giving Tree was well received. Only one thing was missing – reading the story aloud. Thank you John Howell at for his comment:
Darn. I settled in and thought you were going to read the whole book. Yes, I read it but would like to again. Our copy was destroyed in a flood.
I hope hearing the words read aloud, and seeing the pictures, bring back the book for you. For those of you who have never read the book, and for those of you who have never heard the book read aloud, grab a tissue and fasten your seatbelt. Here it is:
I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about.
I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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What a powerful story and so well-read. Thanks, Jennie.
Thank you, Darlene. It is one of the best.
Always good to hear you read Jennie!
Thank you, Opher!
Oh My Word!! I had not heard that story before. It IS powerful. I am glad you gave the warning about tissues. It is sad and loving and annoying and . . . I am sobbing. Beautiful.
I know… it has it all. Yes, powerful!! I’m glad I gave a tissue alert, too. Thank you,Pam. 🥰
Thank you, Jennie 🙏🏽💚
You’re welcome, Ritu. 💕
It never gets old! Thank you, Jennie!
You did a wonderful job reading that story, ?Jennie. I’m so glad you did.
Thank you so much, Dan.
such a great story to share with all ages
Well done, Jennie.
Thank you, Anneli. 😊
Aw. Thank you, Jennie. I read this story to our youngest when she was little. It always caused me to be forced to clear my throat to finish. I was delighted to hear the story again. Thank you so much. 😊
I’m so glad you enjoyed this, John. It was a pleasure to read aloud this book. Thank you for suggesting this! As to being forced to clear my throat, I have had to do that with three books: this book, “The Polar Express”, and “The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree”. It’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
Yes it is. ❤️
Despite your tissue warning, I wasn’t expecting such a sad ending! I had an ‘Oh no!’ moment.
Best wishes, Pete.
That’s the power of a good book. Did you also feel happy for the tree at the end?
Yes, a bit. 🙂
That’s good. 🙂
Oh, isn’t that funny! I had the same thought as John when I read your prior post. I was all set to listen to you read, then–Hey, where’s my story?! Thank you for reading it for us.I also liked the wind chime accompaniment. I think the tree would have liked some wind chimes from her branches.
That is funny, Liz. I didn’t realize the wind chimes on my porch were sounding in the story. I agree, the tree would have liked it. 🙂 Thanks for listening to me read.
You can’t beat a read-aloud by Jennie, and this is a really lovely book. What a great message it holds.
Aww… thanks, Norah. Yes, the message is a great one.
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This is the follow-up post from Jennie, the excellent teacher, in which she reads The Giving Tree aloud!
Thank you, Charles!
I can not get thru this book without crying!
I know!! I’m the same way.
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Thank you for that beautiful story Jennie. A beautiful tree. ❤
You are welcome, Debby! 🥰
Thank you for sharing this! I love this story so much. I always feel so much emotion when I read it. Especially after I had my first child, because I had a whole new perspective!
It is one of the best. I felt the same way reading it to my children and to my preschoolers. Thank you.
Thank you for this great entertaining share, Jennie! Always a great pleasure, listen to you reading aloud. Best wishes, Michael
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Michael.
Hello, I’m Markie. I’m new to WordPress and just came across your post. I love The Giving Tree, and everything else Shel Silverstein ever wrote! I have most of his books. And what a great suggestion to read it aloud… if my husband wasn’t snoozing beside me I would listen to it 🙂
I hope you’ll visit me on my page! Have a good night and thanks for sharing.
Thank you! It is one of my favorite books, too.