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The Giving Treeby shel.silverstain

In the very beginning of the book, the author talks about the things that the tree and the boy did together. The author also says that the tree loved the boy.

topic: The nature of love

Why did the tree love the boy in the beginning? Why did the tree keep on loving the boy? Did the boy love the tree? Why? Who do you love? Why do you love them? When you love someone, how do you show him or her that you love them?

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topic: Happiness

If you were the tree would you be happy? Why? Does doing things to make others happy necessarily make you happy?

What is happiness? (Is it a feeling? Is it a state of mind? Or something else?)

topic: Giving and Altruism

Is the boy selfish? Why? What about the tree, is the tree selfish? Would you give something you really need if someone you love needed it, too? Why do we give? Is it right or wrong to keep on giving without getting anything in return? Are there limits to giving?