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the giving tree

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  • There are NEW muffin films!
    muffin films by the divine Amy Winfrey

    October 12, 2011

  • I'm so relieved that I'm not the only hater. I've always felt a little guilty....

    March 21, 2009

  • Molly Shannon's tree forte?

    March 20, 2009

  • I have kids, therefore I have (multiple copies of) the Giving Tree. The thing that always bugged me is that it looks nothing like an apple tree -more like some inexplicably fruit-bearing combination of beech tree and willow tree. Very strange!

    March 20, 2009

  • On the contrary, sionnach. It is in control.

    March 19, 2009

  • You must be so proud.

    March 18, 2009

  • Well. This wouldn't be the first time a page I started veered bizarrely out of control. And I'm sure it won't be the last.

    March 18, 2009

  • *joins in*

    ...And you never throw rocks
    And your hair is never paaaartedddd!

    March 18, 2009

  • *singing*

    On the big rock candy mountain,
    You never change your socks
    And the little streams of alcohol
    Come a-trickling down the rocks...

    March 18, 2009

  • big rock candy mountains

    March 18, 2009

  • it grows on the big rock candy mountain, doesn't it?

    March 18, 2009

  • The Muffin Tree!

    March 18, 2009

  • The Muffin Tree?

    March 18, 2009

  • Oh yes. I know the Muffin Tree.

    March 18, 2009

  • Yes, he's down on Drury Lane. Why?

    March 18, 2009

  • That Muffin Tree, it's over on Drury Lane, right?

    March 18, 2009

  • Oh, great. Another book for my 27-page reading list.

    ;-)

    March 18, 2009

  • One of the very first records I heard in my youth was by Burl Ives. I believe it was called something like "Froggie went a courting".

    In answer to the still-baffling question "Do I know the Muffin Tree?", I can only surmise that this is some kind of oblique reference to A Melon for Ecstasy and respond that I have never been a tree-hugger of the Humphrey Mackevoy ilk.

    March 18, 2009

  • Of course! I'm a Burl Ives fan from way back.

    I don't care for lollipops, though. Or lollipots.

    March 17, 2009

  • Because it sprouts muffins only in the summer. Duh!

    Wait... are you familiar with the Lollipop Tree?

    (Heh. I typed "Lollipot Tree.")

    March 17, 2009

  • Thanks, ptero. Sionnach's charming but nonetheless confused look is endearing, but he still has not answered my question.

    Chained, what does fresh-baked pie have to do with Drury Lane? I ask you.

    March 17, 2009

  • Oh yes! I know the Muffin Tree!

    In the winter, it sprouts fresh-baked pie.

    March 17, 2009

  • Sionnach, I believe reesetee is asking you this: Do you know the Muffin Tree, the Muffin Tree, the Muffin Tree?

    March 17, 2009

  • *Desperately tries to decide if reesetee's question has meaning, but is unable. Responds with most charming fox stuck in the headlights look of bewilderment.*

    March 17, 2009

  • Sionnach, do you know The Muffin Tree?

    March 17, 2009

  • In the winter, it sprouted ice cream cones.

    March 17, 2009

  • This book regularly incites people on goodreads to near fisticuffs.

    March 17, 2009

  • I liked Burl Ives' Lollipop Tree better. Less depressing.

    March 16, 2009


  • Sorry, Mr Silverstein. This kind of tripe is inexcusable. And exposing children to it? I'm no child psychologist, but what would be the point? I'd hazard a guess that Bernie Madoff read this book, and look how he turned out. In fact there's a whole generation of bwankers who took it as their bible. Thanks a bunch, Shelly boy.

    My real reaction to this piece of morally ambiguous reprehensible mawkishness is best expressed by the kind of interpretative dance that was Molly Shannon's forte (one syllable only, for crying out loud, people - PLEASE) on Saturday Night Live. But since this isn't a realistic goodreads option, I cede the reviewing platform to animated film genius, Amy Winfrey:

    The Muffin Tree

    March 16, 2009