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Resources for Reading The Giving Tree (Poppins Book Nook)

Leah Courtney
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I'll blame two week in a row of summer camp for the fact that we didn't get to the book I had picked out for our Poppins Book Nook this month. So...instead of sharing activities for that book alone, I'm going to tell you about the book I had chosen and some great resources for using it, and then I'm going to share with you some other great resources for reading about forests and trees. And, as always, enter the great giveaway, find the awesome lapbook resources from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom- our host- and check out all the cohosts and their great book ideas for forests and trees this month.
A collection of resources for reading Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite books of all time. It's a very sweet story of a little boy and his friendship with a tree. As the two grow together, the tree finds a way to give to the boy at each stage of his life- even when the boy forgets his friend. And when the two are together again at the end of life- the boy an old man and the tree now a stump, it's a touching moment.

This is the book I had picked for the theme of trees. It isn't a new one for my kids, but it's a favorite of theirs as well. Along with the book, here are the things we would have done (had it not been for this perpetual busyness!).

  • Create a chart comparing needs and wants. Throughout the story the tree is constantly giving to the boy. Some of the things he gives are needs and some are wants. Use the chart to talk about the difference between the two. Young children especially have a hard time understanding what they really need versus what they want. (You can download a free printable Needs and Wants activity here. You will need to subscribe to As We Walk Along the Road, and you'll get access to our freebies page with this and other goodies.)

  • Read "Wood You Believe: We Get So Much From Trees?". This web page from the Idaho Forest Products Commission is a great explanation of all the many, many items we get from trees and forests.
  • Watch The Giving Tree movie. This is the original 1973 version narrated by Shel Silverstein.
If you want to take your expand your learning about trees and forests after reading The Giving Tree, you can use some of these other books and resources as well.


The Big Tree by Bruce Hiscock has information about the life cycle of a sugar maple tree as well as history thrown in because the tree begins during the Revolutionary War.

Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids by Gail Gibbons helps young kids (K-2) make their own tree identification book.

The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grownups by Gina Ingoglia has all kinds of information about trees.

Trees, Leaves and Bark (Take Along Guides) by Diane Burns would be a good book to take along on a hike to identify types of trees.


Usborne's Forest Life to Color book would make a great color book with illustrations about forest life.

Temperate Forest Experiments is a book of 8 quick and simple science experiments that can get the older kids in on the action. Upper elementary, middle or high schoolers can carry out these forest based experiments.

This Season Tree Project is a really cute way to reinforce what trees look like through each season.

After reading some of the great tree identification books, how about making a neighborhood tree identification book?

And now you can enter to win a gift pack for our forests and trees theme:

Enter the Woods with The Gruffalo Bundle Giveaway!

Get ready for some fun in the woods with this month’s Gruffalo Bundle Giveaway! The Gruffalo is a fun children’s book set in the woods and has a very funny, yet easy to follow story. This month the Poppins Book Nook group has partnered with NCircle Entertainment to offer readers a chance to win a brand new copy of The Gruffalo storybook, The Gruffalo DVD, and the Gruffalo’s Child DVD.

This month’s lucky winner will enjoy all this woods themed family storybook and DVD fun with their family compliments of NCircle Entertainment and the Poppins Book Nook cohosts.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company NCircle Entertainment in connection with Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the PromoSimple terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {}. Just enter the PromoSimple below to win:

And don't forget to visit the Poppins Book Nook cohosts for other great book club ideas!

Link up your books about forests and trees:

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


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