The Giving Tree

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HarperCollins, Oct 7, 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 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 another's capacity to love in return.

Ages 10+

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A lovely portrayal of selfless, unconditional love. - Goodreads
The ending was disappointing. - Goodreads
I liked the squiggly artwork. - Goodreads
The pictures are spare and elegant. - Goodreads
It is very simplistic in the writing. - Goodreads
The Giving Tree is a love story. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tonja Drecker - Goodreads

I've loved this book since I was a child and was so glad to give it further to my own children. With simple illustrations, the author tells a tale which touches the heart and will never be forgotten ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lynn H - Goodreads

Makes me cry. Every time. 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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