Saturday, August 22, 2015

Toddler's book: The giving tree 爱心树 by Shel Silverstein

This is another book which J and I own in both English and Chinese. Hahaaa.. sounds crazy. But there are these certain classic books that I felt it's particularly inherent to have them read and interpreted in both languages. 'The Giving Tree' is one of them.

As of 2001, over 5 million copies of this have been sold worldwide, placing it 14th on a list of hardcover "All-time Bestselling Children's Books" from Publishers Weekly. By 2011, there were 8.5 million copies in print. 

There are many ways to interpret the story. Despite of the recognition it has received, this book is also well-known as one of the most "divisive" books in children's literature.My view, it's a beautiful story of unconditional love between a tree and a boy, in which the tree is generous and gives all of itself to help the boy whenever he is in trouble. The metaphor in this case is that of a mother and a child, or God and a human, or even nature versus human. 

I created two activities that go along with this books, ie Counting apple busy bag kit and a 'Paint my tree' craft using this type of artsy brush (which you'll get one with purchase of this hard-cover bestselling book from me). 

Artsy brush

Again, creative J decides that the leaves on the tree are not all green. Some of the leaves had turned brown due to the hot stuffy weather. That is a very good sense, I must say.

This is a simply apple counting game to use with your toddler/ preschooler to encourage counting or even simple addition or minus. It is also a great one-to-one correspondence activity or a convenient busy bag material. 

I now have 15 new and genuine copies of "The giving tree  爱心树" in Chinese   (全新正版精装版) available for sale at RM35, in the form of 'Book and Activities Pack RM35', including the following: 
  • 1 x genuine, hardcopy of bestselling book 'The giving tree' in Chinese 
  • 1 x artsy brush (any pattern) 
  • 1 x set of apple counting busy bag, which consist of a laminated mat and numbers, and 5 mini apples
Price is not inclusive of postage. 

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