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The Giving Tree

Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of August is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, and will hopefully be a fun and interactive activity for the whole family. Head over to Growing Book by Book  for some talking points to get the conversation started. Then visit School For Boys  for a fun craft to decorate your dinner table. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a childhood treasure. I remember this being one of my absolute favorite books growing up, and I read it all the time. I thought it was so cool that one tree could provide so many things to a person that would last him his entire life. Reading this book made me want to go sit outside under a tree, be adventurous enough to swing from its branches, and bold enough to carve my initials into its trunk. I didn’t do any of those things as a child. I didn’t like sitting in grass because of the ants, I was too scared to climb a tree let alone swing from one, and I couldn’t break the rules to carve my initials into a tree. I was all those things in my imagination, though, and I think that counts for something. Imagination is a beautiful thing, and often the gateway to figuring out our passions.

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Now, as a much more adventurous adult, I love sitting outside in the sun, or under the shade of a tree. I’m still not a huge fan of the ants crawling on me. I would climb a tree if I had the balance and dexterity to do so. I have climbed a few trees in my time, but I’m not a very skilled climber so that isn’t something I do often. I love being up in high places, and when we go to the playground, I always encourage the girls to climb and explore. It’s so fun to see them conquering their own fears and becoming adventurous at a much younger age than I did. So thank you, The Giving Tree, for fostering my imagination and helping with my appreciation of the trees around us, and nature in general.

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The Giving Tree Dinner Menu
Apple Pistachio Salad with Honey Orange Vinaigrette
Breadsticks with Green Pesto for dipping
Zucchini Boats with Sausage Sugo
Apple Pie

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