Monday, October 15

The Boy and the Apple Tree

Today we have a video based on a children’s book.

The original book is titled “The Giving Tree,” written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein in 1964.

This is the first edition cover of the book as it was drawn by Silverstein and published by Harper and Row in the US: 

The story has been translated into more than 30 languages and it was chosen by School Library Journal to be among the Top 100 Books of all time.

And now we have this short video that I found on Youtube. It’s titled “The Boy and the Apple Tree” and was uploaded by a user named linkevin1248. It tells just about the same story in animated form, but linkevin1248 has changed the ending. 

Note: This might be a bit too sad for some of our more sensitive audience.

Here’s the transcript of the story in the video. I've changed some parts of it, but I tried as much as possible to keep the artist’s original intent:

There once was a tree and a boy.

Hello, my tree.

Hello, kid.

You are my best friend. I love you.

I love you too, kid.

The boy played with the tree every day.

Tree, I’m hungry.

Pick my apples. They are sweet.

Fun!... Ah, I got one. Mmm.  Yum!

The boy ate the apples on the tree and played around the tree every day.

Until one day…

Kid, I miss you so much! You haven’t played around me for a long time!

Tree, I am not a kid anymore. It seems childish to play around you.

What do you want now, kid?

I need money, to buy candies and toys.

Sorry, I don’t have money. But you can pick my apples and sell them for cash.

Good idea.

The boy picked the apples from the tree and said goodbye.

The boy never got back until he had become a grown man. The tree was sad.

When the tree finally saw him again, he was filled with joy. 

My boy, come! Come play around me!

No, tree, I have a family. I am too old for playing… I need a house, a shelter for my family. Can you help me?

I don’t have a house. But you can use my branches to build one.


The man cut off the top of the tree. The pain surprised the tree, but he was still glad to help his friend. 

The grown boy left again, leaving the tree very lonely. 

He never came back until he was old.

My lovely boy, come play.

I am getting old. I need a boat for sailing to relax myself.

Use my trunk, boy. To sail far away for happiness.

The old man chopped down the tree’s trunk and went away without another word. 

Now, the tree misses his boy so much. It waits to see him one last time...

Tree, what happened?” The boy, now a very old man, rushed to the fallen stump.

A strong wind blew me down. I am sorry, I can’t give you anything.

No, you have given me everything I need! I am sorry, I am sorry, tree!! Forgive me, tree. Tree? Tree? Tree…

Hope you learned something!

Keep on learning !

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article <a href= ">"The Giving Tree"</a>, which is released under the <a href="">Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0</a>.

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