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 another’s capacity to love in return.

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User Review  - VClarke - LibraryThing

The Giving Tree is different than Shel Silverstein's poetry. This book is great for helping young readers to understand relationships and balance. This book can also be used in higher grades to help show personification through Silverstein's depiction of the tree. Very accessible. Read full review

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User Review  - heidi.donner - LibraryThing

This is a book about a boy who is growing up with a tree that gives the boy what he needs while he is growing. This story is a good starter to teaching students kindness and helping others is good. This would be for any grade level under 6th grade. Read full review

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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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