The Giving Tree: Shel Silverstein: 0000060256652: Amazon.com: Books. Beneath Silverstein's clear and simple text lies a complex fable about the joy of giving and the risks of taking too much. It opens the door for a wide variety of discussions on topics from love and self-sacrifice, to conservation and the environment.
Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid... He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.