No. Just no.
"The Giving Tree" is in that notorious gray area. Too deep for young kids. Too simplistic for older kids. On one hand, it's about a selfless host/donor, and an abusive parasite, presented under the guise of an emotional children's story. On the other hand, the text is so simplistic, it's downright patronizing to anyone over the age of 6. Simply put, it's neither here nor there. If you let your kids read it, wait at least until they're in high school, when they're old enough to understand just how kitschy this story is. For something that's both child-friendly and emotional enough to make a grown man cry, read them "Old Yeller". It has both action and spirit.
Mr. Silverstein, you've written some good books, but you dropped the ball with this one.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness