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Leah Wethington

The Giving Tree

Artist: Leah Wethington

Banned/Challenged Book: The Giving Tree

Reason for Banning: Banned because it was considered sexist. Censors believed the boy in the book had a predatory nature because he just takes and takes from the tree and never does anything for her. The book is said to give a bad message of parenting because it undermines parental authority.

Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: I chose this book because as a kid it was one of my favorite books to read, and my dad read The Giving Tree to me at night. I love the story and how the tree gave everything she had to the boy to make him happy. The Giving Tree is a wonderful book and should never have been banned.

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