Reading Aloud “The Giving Tree”

My post yesterday about The Giving Tree was well received.  Only one thing was missing – reading the story aloud.  Thank you John Howell at Fiction Favorites 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:


About Jennie

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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44 Responses to Reading Aloud “The Giving Tree”

  1. Darlene says:

    What a powerful story and so well-read. Thanks, Jennie.

  2. Opher says:

    Always good to hear you read Jennie!

  3. quiall says:

    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.

  4. Ritu says:

    Thank you, Jennie 🙏🏽💚

  5. It never gets old! Thank you, Jennie!

  6. Dan Antion says:

    You did a wonderful job reading that story, ?Jennie. I’m so glad you did.

  7. such a great story to share with all ages

  8. 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. 😊

  9. beetleypete says:

    Despite your tissue warning, I wasn’t expecting such a sad ending! I had an ‘Oh no!’ moment.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  10. 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.

    • Jennie says:

      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.

  11. Norah says:

    You can’t beat a read-aloud by Jennie, and this is a really lovely book. What a great message it holds.

  12. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    This is the follow-up post from Jennie, the excellent teacher, in which she reads The Giving Tree aloud!

  13. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    I can not get thru this book without crying!

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  15. dgkaye says:

    Thank you for that beautiful story Jennie. A beautiful tree. ❤

  16. 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!

  17. Thank you for this great entertaining share, Jennie! Always a great pleasure, listen to you reading aloud. Best wishes, Michael

  18. Southpawpoet says:

    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.

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