The Giving Tree Gift Edition

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HarperCollins, May 1, 2007 - 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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A lovely portrayal of selfless, unconditional love. - Goodreads
The ending was disappointing. - Goodreads
I love Shel Silverstein, and I love his writing. - Goodreads
I liked the squiggly artwork. - Goodreads
However, as unsatisfying as the ending is for man - Goodreads
The pictures are spare and elegant. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Analiese Claire - Goodreads

We can only give so much of ourselves. 3 Read full review

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User Review  - Claire Slavovsky - Goodreads

This book is the worst. If the tree really loved the boy, she would tell him to get a job, or at least teach him to plant trees. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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

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