The Giving Tree

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HarperCollins, Jan 1, 1964 - Juvenile Fiction - 64 pages
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"Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk . . . and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave.

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of anotherís capacity to love in return.

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A lovely portrayal of selfless, unconditional love. - Goodreads
The ending of this book always makes me cry. - Goodreads
I liked the squiggly artwork. - Goodreads
The pictures are spare and elegant. - Goodreads
It is very simplistic in the writing. - Goodreads
This is a love story of a tree and a boy. - Goodreads

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The Giving Tree has always been one of the most inspirational books of my childhood. Although depicted in the form of a simple picture book, the message the story delivers is evoking. The love and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Janay Weaver - Goodreads

This book has a not so expected twist for a children's book, but it is a great one for a lesson. He did an amazing job at this one. Read full review

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About the author (1964)

Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.

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