I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been really enjoying getting a new short story in my inbox every morning from Daily Science Fiction. The stories are always different, and I enjoy them about 90% of the time. The Taking Tree by Emily C. Skaftun was one of the really good ones. Retold stories are usually kind of hit or miss for me. I think a lot of writers try them and think that they’re very clever, but they aren’t. Skaftun succeeds in taking the popular children’s book The Giving Tree and turning it into something new and kind of scary.
You can read The Taking Tree here: http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/fantasy/emily-c-skaftun/the-taking-tree