Book reading: The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Get your kids and read along with us


Narrated by Deborah Zierten

For generations, kids of all ages have enjoyed Shel Silverstein’s book, “The Giving Tree.” This reading is led by Deborah Zierten, the League’s Education & Interpretation Manager. Deborah chose this book specifically because it’s both fun and teaches a lot of great lessons about our relationship with the trees around us.

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Book Extension Activities

  1. Create a leaf crown – take a piece of construction paper and cut it into a strip the length of a child’s head. Tape or glue the construction paper together. Have a child collect leaves around your house or neighborhood that they find on the ground (it is important to not pick any leaves off of trees). Glue the leaves to the construction paper. Allow some time for the leaves to dry. Put the crown on the child’s head, you are finished!
  2. Do you have a special tree near you? Write about it including what it looks like and why it is special to you. Draw a picture of your special tree.
  3. Make a list of what trees give us, or how they can help us. Put the list into two categories, ways that include financial benefits and ways that include emotional and mental benefits.

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Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

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