How it should have ended (HISHE)
Have you ever read the classic children’s story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein? I’ve always been disturbed that the tree sacrifices itself to a greedy old man — so I rewrote the ending and drew new pictures. Call it: The Giving Tree Sequel or The Giving Tree Redux.
Last seen the old man is sitting on the stump of the tree looking forlorn. The tree is happy to see his old friend and offer him a place to sit; that is all the tree has left to give. But, presumably, the man is unhappier than ever after having taken the tree’s friendship for granted and realizing he has killed the tree with his greed. Giving the author credit, perhaps the young readers are meant to learn to stop being so greedy and destructive, yet I wonder why the tree is still happy? And the man seems little changed by his actions, so there is not much character growth there.
Let me know how you think the book should have ended in the comments below.
The last 3 pages pictured is my new ending, with my drawings and matching the layout and font and typesetting also exactly matches the original book.
Buy Now: I’ve created a few handmade books with new endings. I pasted my new pages into the ending of the original book. You can’t tell the difference except the new pages are little thick and stiff. Contact us if you would like a copy. I can even personalize the dedication page to your child or friend using a similar style.