When Childhood Stories aren’t as Sweet as we Remembered

Simon Pastor
6 min readNov 8, 2021

How re-reading The Giving Tree challenged my view of generosity and gratitude

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While going over my childhood books in my parents’ apartment, I came across The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The book easily stands among my top 3 favorite childhood books. If you haven’t read it, please take three minutes to read it for free here.

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Simon Pastor

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