The Giving Tree is awesome for one simple reason: it gives you things. Branches on which to swing, apples to eat, shade when you are tired, wood for a boat and then, at the end of your life, a stump on which to rest. But there's more to this tree found in Shel Silverstein's 1964 book of the same name than just some leaves and twigs. The tree raises questions of greed and self-sacrifice. When are we asking too much? Should the tree ever refuse our demands? Oh, Shel, what's with all the moral complexity?