Falling to Pieces 

I was 18 when I sat on the floor with my 5-year-old cousin and read her Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. She looked up at me at the end, slightly confused, as I closed the book and let out a long sigh, followed by a short sniffle and some not-very-sneaky eye-wiping. I think we were both shocked that a 64-page illustrated children's story could bring a grown-up (in her eyes, at least) to tears.


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