“Once there was a tree and she loved a little boy…” is how Shel Silverstein begins his beautiful children’s book. What a terrific first line. What a terrific book.
- The little boy and the tree play together, make crowns from leaves and play hide and go seek. The boy loved the tree and so the tree was happy.
But as time went by and the boy grew older and became interested in other things. As an older man, the boy was more interested in money and things than the tree. So the tree offers the boy his apples so he can sell them and have money. The tree loved the boy.[...]