hate this book and everything it promotes about entitlement complexes and codependent relationships and abusive egotistical assholes and ugh.
It’s a children’s book
Which makes it even worse.
This book encourages selfish, entitled behavior where this boy continues to ask for and take everything from the tree for his own use/gain until nothing but a stump remains. How is this a message we want to send to children?
Where is the positive concept?
Is it in the boy’s behavior? He continually shows up and asks for the tree to give to him. No basis or reasons why, he just asks for things from the tree because he knows the tree will provide. It starts by using the tree’s leaves and shade, harmless enough I’ll grant. But then it evolves to taking the tree’s apples, to finally cutting the tree down for wood? That has some seriously disturbing implications. He also never provides anything in return, even saying something simple like “thank you.” Not once.
Perhaps we can take positive message away from the tree itself? The tree gives to the boy because she loves him. Sure, that can’t hurt, can it? She needs him and loves him, even though she can’t provide the things he wants, she can give from herself so that he’ll be happy.
Except it’s a terrible concept. The “tree” (if we want to continue pretending the analogy isn’t supposed to extend to people) continues to give and give until there is NOTHING LEFT. Clearly this is a role model we can provide for young children.
Let’s not even start on the enforced gender roles, where the boy is constantly taking and the ‘girl’ is perpetually giving.
So. This is a children’s book, and I might show it to my kids, but only so I can teach them what NOT to do.
It’s about time someone called out Green Eggs and Ham as a close-minded piece of garbage that supports the gender binary. Sickening, really. I certainly will not let my kids read this mess.
THE TREE IS A FUCKING MOM
IT’S ABOUT A MOM GIVING AND GIVING SHIT TO HER KID FOREVER BECAUSE THAT IS A PARENT’S JOB
THEY SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR THEIR KID BECAUSE THEY LOVE THEM UNCONDITIONALLY AND MOST OF THE TIME PEOPLE DON’T TRULY RECOGNIZE HOW MUCH THEIR PARENTS HAD TO GIVE UP SO THAT THEY COULD GROW UP TO BE A HEALTHY PERSON
THAT IS WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE GIVING TREE BEING A STUMP YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO READ IT IN COLLEGE AND BE LIKE “I SHOULD GIVE MY MOM A CALL”
DON’T MAKE THIS ABOUT ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS I WILL PUNCH YOU THROUGH THE INTERNET, LITERALLY PUNCH YOU THROUGH THE COMPUTER INTO YOUR LEG
OH MY FUCKING GOD OH MY GOD
DO PEOPLE SERIOUSLY THINK THAT THE THE GIVING TREE IS ABOUT ABUSIVE AND/OR CODEPENDENT RELATIONSHIPS
NO NO NO NO
Jesus fucking christ, Tumblr.
God sometimes I hate people on here.
Stop fucking looking for hidden meanings and controversies in every fucking thing you see.
“Oh look that girl is eating an apple! THE APPLE REPRESENTS MISOGYNY AND HER LOW SELF-ESTEEM AND TO PRESSURE PUT ON WOMEN TO BE SKINNY AND TO BE ORDERED AROUND BY GUYS ANDNFJKDNSFJNDGNJSGJOFGNSK;GNSFJKGNFJ”
is it bad that I’m reading all the comments and laughing more at them than the original spoof image?