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Lindsey Yankey

The Giving Tree

Artist: Lindsey Yankey

Banned/Challenged Book: The Giving Tree

Reason for Banning: Debate over interpretation. The tree gave the boy all she had because he asked for all she had. Leaving the reader to wonder is the boy too selfish? Is the tree too selfless?

Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: Both eloquently simple and brilliantly complex, The Giving Tree says so much and leaves even more unsaid. I find myself thinking of the tree as a representation of nature, and the boy as a representation of humans. Taking and taking all there is to have, and then, only when there’s nothing left, taking a moment to think.

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