The Giving Tree

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Cape, 1964 - Friendship - 53 pages
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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 (1964)

The most popular current writer of humorous verse for children, 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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