The Giving Tree

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Particular Books, 2010 - Children's stories - 64 pages
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Once there was a little tree and she loved a little boy. So begins a story of unforgettable perception, written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation.

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User Review  - MarlenePreciado - LibraryThing

I felt that this book was so sad. I was angry at the boy for taking so much from the tree. I think that the tree represented motherly love and that is why the tree offered everything it had to the boy. I was heartbroken after reading this book. Read full review

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User Review  - ppolanco - LibraryThing

This book definitely grabbed at my heart and made me feel sad. It’s simplicity was neat but I didn’t expect the ending. I think books have good lessons that can be taught to children, but this one was ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Shel Silverstein's very first children's book Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back was published in 1963, and followed the next year by two other books. The first of those, The Giving Tree, is a moving story about the love of a tree for a boy; it took four years before Harper Children's books decided to publish it. Shel returned to humour that same year with A Giraffe and a Half. His first collection of poems and drawings, Where the Sidewalk Ends, appeared in 1974, and his second, A Light in the Attic, in 1981. When he was a G.I. in Japan and Korea in the 1950, he learned to play the guitar and to write songs, including 'A Boy Named Sue' for Johnny Cash. In 1984, Silverstein won a Grammy Award for Best Children's Album for Where the Sidewalk Ends - 'recited, sung and shouted' by the author. He was also an accomplished playwright, including the 1981 hit, 'The Lady or the Tiger Show.' The last book to be published before he died in 1999, was Falling Up (1996).

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