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Comparing Wenaha Henry Seeds to a Tree to The Giving Tree

Comparing Wenaha Henry Seeds to a Tree to The Giving Tree

As some of the best inspirational children’s books about nature, there are numerous parallels in plot between Wenaha Henry Seeds to a Tree and The Giving Tree. First, both are well noted for their impressive age-sensitive readability, which makes both tales instantly understandable to all young children. Also, the various illustrations and images used generously in both of these children’s books about nature are vivid and very realistic to be able to spark a lifelong interest in nature. Besides the similarities in the structure of these books, there also abounds many commonalities in style and themes that truly make them two of the finest published children’s books about nature. Let us now examine some of the most prominent of these.

Both children’s books, connecting with nature, explore compassion and selflessness

The character of the tree in The Giving Tree loves the character of the boy unconditionally. This fondness is constant even as the boy grows older and starts to abandon the tree. As his various sacrifices attest in this children’s picture book about caring for nature and animals, the tree would do anything to make the boy happy.

Likewise, in Wenaha Henry Seeds to a Tree, Wenaha Henry has a deep-seated empathy for his fellow forest-dwellers, and is struck with real sorrow when the fire destroys the forest and forces many to leave their natural habitat. He also relishes the prospect of planting seeds so that new trees can grow into a new forest and again provide refuge to the grouse and the other animals.

Both children’s books about conserving and replenishing natural resources paint a picture of the dangers of selfishness and the impact our actions, both intentional and unintentional, have on those around us

In The Giving Tree, the boy as he grows up experiences a lessening of fondness for his old friend the tree. He then exploits the tree’s concern for his own selfish ends and in the long run, the tree ends up being a mere stump of his former glory.

In all this, the boy does not even once think of conserving the natural resources he routinely harvests from his friend and ends up totally depleting them. Similarly, in Wenaha Henry Seeds to a Tree about the causes of fire, the coyote starts a fire that ends up burning down the forest which so many creatures depend on. All this was to simply satisfy his immediate need to eat and never thought about the impact of his actions toward those around him and the ecosystem in general. Using these ingenious devices, both of these books on natural disasters point to the grave risks of not taking care of the environment. At the same time, they describe the many rewards of leaving the world better than we found it for the sake of future generations.

Both books embrace close family and friendship ties

In the example presented in The Giving Tree, the tree has a real and consistent interest in the welfare and wellbeing of his friend the boy. He allows the boy to plunder all his natural resources without thinking about the wrongness of it all. All he cares about is for the boy to be happy. In the end, when he is a mere husk of his former self, the tree is saddened that he no longer has anything better to offer his old friend but a seat to rest on. At no time does the tree think it is the boy’s fault that he has been reduced to such a condition. Likewise, Wenaha Henry shows compassion to the other creatures who have suffered from the total destruction of their habitat. When the opportunity presents itself, he at once jumps on the request of Grandpa Grouse to plant seeds to grow new trees. All the while, Wenaha Henry does not think that he and his own family aren’t directly affected by the tragedy and he does not really have to do anything to help.

Both books promote the immense value of generational storytelling

In The Giving Tree, generational storytelling is utilized to instill proper values and morals in young children from the time the boy is young and loves his friend the tree to the time he begins to be parasitic on the tree as he grows older and more selfish. At last, we see him as a bent old man who is left with nothing else in the world but the stump of his old friend, the tree that still loves him unconditionally.

Alternatively, in Wenaha Henry Seeds to a Tree, Grandpa Grouse narrates having experienced such a fire tragedy in his youth and how his own grandpa gave him seeds in anticipation of a similar crisis in the future. Ultimately, Grandpa Grouse gives those seeds to Wenaha Henry, the bird that is this children’s book main character, with a request to plant them. This way, Henry learns the value of appreciating the wisdom of his elders and following their instructions to the letter. In both children’s books, kids can learn the value of generational storytelling in passing good morals and ideals to the younger generation, in the hopes that when they, in their turn, have children, they will also do the same.
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