I can honestly say, I would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has never read "The Giving Tree," "Where The Sidewalk Ends," "The Missing Piece," or "A Light In The Attic".
The children's books written by the late Shel Silverstein became a staple in every child's classroom . We either read them at the park, with our friends, or at bedtime when our parents put us to sleep. And while today we can read them with our iPhones or iPads; They can never replace the actual books themselves. I still have mine.
One of my favorite books, "The Giving Tree" was recently named the Teacher's Top 100 Books for Children and is one of the Top 100 Picture Books of all time.
I remember reading this for the first time and balling my eyes out. I was furious at the boy who took apart this giving tree limb for limb, And yet the tree loved the boy from adolescence to adulthood. The tree literally gave all it had.
"The book details the events occurring throughout the life of a small boy, and the friendship that he shares with a tree—with which he is apparently able to communicate. In his childhood, he enjoys climbing her branches and enjoying imaginative play with her; however, as he gradually passes into maturity his requests from the tree change. After entering adolescence, he requests to pick her apples with which to make profit, and after reaching adulthood he cuts down the tree's limbs to construct a house. Years later, he returns to the lonesome Giving Tree as an old man to cut her down and use her wood to craft a boat with which to sail away, after the maturity of his family, reducing her to nothing more than a stump. However, eventually he returns to his friend, asking for a resting place, and peacefully drifts off to sleep on the tree stump." [source]This book and countless others have helped guide me through life and it will be part of those memories I will honor and cherish forever. If you've never read them, and I can't believe you haven't, click on the book titles above.