The Giving Tree is a classic story. I played the version of Shel Silverstein reading it himself:
Then I asked the students to write from the perspective of the Giving Tree-how would they feel, what would they say/do?
If I were the Giving Tree I would go away.
...I would be happy someone took my branches.
I would have decorations.
The most hones answer: I would say I'm glad to give him my stuff but I wish he would ask another tree.
I feel beautiful. The tree she had to give all those things to the boy.
I wanted the boy not to be homeless.
I want the man to be rich.
I would have a lot of apples.
I would have more best friends.
I will love the boy. :)
I will let him get my stuff.
I would feel bad because I was all alone.