A modern-day response to The Giving Tree, this lyrical picture book shows how a family passes down love from generation to generation, leaving a legacy of growing both trees and community.
Once there was a wide-open field, and a boy who loved his grandmother, who loved him back.
The boy’s grandmother gives him many gifts, like hugs, and Sunday morning pancakes, and acorns with wild and woolly caps. And all her wisdom about how things grow. As the boy becomes a father, he gives his daughter bedtime stories his grandmother told him, and piggyback rides. He gives her acorns, and the wisdom he learned about how things grow. His daughter continues the chain, then passing down gifts of her own. Here is a picture book about the legacy of love that comes when we nurture living things—be they people or trees.
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Praise for The More You Give
“A book to give and to share with loved ones.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“ . . . Campbell’s language exemplifies deep trust . . . and the importance of cultivating care both interpersonally and with the natural world.”
“A lovely and gentle musing about familial continuity, community support, and the importance of perseverance and kindness.”
—School Library Journal
“Campbell’s moving and poetic prose encourages children to think not only about the love they receive from their families but the love they give them in return.”
“Campbell anchors the story in wonderful specifics . . . and skillfully repeated phrases . . . .”
“A celebration of the loving gifts that we pass on to each other, this book is itself a perfect gift for those in need of an alternative to the ubiquitous The Giving Tree.”
—Minh Le, for National Public Radio’s Best Books of 2022
Winner of the 2023 CLC Book Award
from the Children’s Literature Centre of Frostburg State University
Winner of the 2023 Ohioana Award in Juvenile Literature as well as the Readers’ Choice Award