when i was a kid i LIVED for shel silverstein's, 'where the sidewalk ends'. i mean, seriously, i would read it ten times a day. somehow, however,  'the giving tree' never made its way onto my bookshelf. i recently took a gander and my GOD, it brought tears to my eyes! how did this man do it? how did he, at the same time, capture the attention of five year olds and speak so profoundly to adults? no answer needed, i'm thankful for his words just the same.

if its been a while, i urge you, revisit.