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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Beautiful book

User Review  - Jules - Target

Every child should read this book. I have read it time after time after time to my granddaughter since she was 2 and she is now 8, and still enjoys it. It is a slim volume so very portable. Read full review

Family favorite!

User Review  - Jami Lyn - Target

We purchased this book after falling in love with Shel Silverstein 's "Where the Sidewalk Ends". Our four year old son, sat still and quiet for the whole story. It has a touching message. I feel we will cherish it for generations to come. 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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