The Giving Tree

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HarperCollins, Oct 7, 1964 - Juvenile Fiction - 64 pages

'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 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.

Ages 10+

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User Review  - mssilverkelley -

I read this to my 5 year old grandson. This was a very nice read, a learning lesson, and a little sad at the end I thought. This may be better for kids a little older, but I plan on reading this to him again because he sat quietly listening to the story, which is amazing for a hyper boy! Read full review

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User Review  - Jenica_Flores -

A boy loved the tree and the tree loved the boy, he played with the tree, ate the trees apples, and climbed all over the tree. As he grew older the boy met a girl and began to come around less because ... 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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