The Giving Tree

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HarperCollins Canada, Limited, 1994 - 56 pages
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The Giving Tree has been a gift tradition for graduations, weddings, baby showers, and birthdays since its publication 30 years ago. Now, this perennial bestseller, which has touched the hearts of millions of readers, is available in a special gift edition, shrinkwrapped with a blank gift card for writing a special message.

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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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About the author (1994)

The most popular current writer of humorous verse for children, Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois, has been married and divorced, has one daughter, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His career includes composing popular songs, drawing cartoons, writing many adult articles (several for Playboy), and acting. However, he is best known for his self-illustrated children's poetry. His first such book was Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back (1963), the humorous tale of a lion who turns the tables on hunters. It was followed by The Giving Tree (1964), a story of a parentlike tree that gives endlessly and is endlessly used by its son. Several other such picture books followed, including The Missing Piece (1976), about a circle that goes in search of a missing piece, and its sequel, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (1981). However, two collections of poetry are probably his best-loved work: Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein (1974), and A Light in the Attic (1981). All of Silverstein's poetry for children employs the language play common to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. Silverstein is probably the best of the contemporary nonsense poets for children.

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