The Giving Tree

the giving treeThis short children’s story by Shel Silverstein is one that people seem to either love or hate depending on their point of view. A boy is friends with a tree. The tree keeps on giving to the boy until it has nothing left to give. The boy does not give anything to the tree or even say thank you. You are left wondering if the closing line “And the tree was happy.” could possibly be true.

Beginner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Simplified English story which are not in our Beginner Level 400 word list are: , , , , , , , , and . You can see that all but two of these words have something to do with trees.


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branch(n: branch pl branches) An arm-like part of a tree that grows out from the central part. (กิ่งก้าน) 2000

climb(v: climb, climbs, climbed, climbing) To move or go towards the top of a mountain, tree, ladder etc. (ปีน) 2000

leaf(n: leaf pl leaves) One of the flat, usually green parts of a plant that grow from a stem or thin branch. (ใบไม้) 3000

shade(n: shade, noncount) An area of slight darkness that is produced when something blocks the light of the sun. (ที่ร่ม) 2000

stump(n: stump pl stumps) The part of a tree left in the ground after the trunk has been cut down. (ตอไม้) 5000

swing(v: swing, swings, swung, swinging) 1. To move backward and forward or from side to side while hanging from something. The children were swinging on a rope hanging from a tree. 2. To (cause to) move or sway in a curve (from side to side, forwards and backwards or up and down) from a fixed point. You swing your arms when you walk. The gate swung open. (แกว่ง) 3000

tired(adj: tired) Feeling a need to rest or sleep. (เหน็ดเหนื่อย) 2000

tooth(n: tooth pl teeth) One of the hard white objects inside the mouth that are used for biting and chewing. (ฟัน) 2000

(n: trunk pl trunks) 1. The thick main stem of a tree from which the branches grow. (ลำต้น) 2. A large strong box that can be locked and used for holding clothes or other things, especially when traveling. (หีบใส่ของ) 3. The long nose of an elephant. (งวงช้าง) 4000

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A short (9 minute) animated video in which the original story is read by the author, Shel Silverstein. To watch online, click here. To download the mp4, click here.

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