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The Giving Tree
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The Giving Tree Hardcover - 2014

by Shel Silverstein; Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)

This story of a boy who grows to manhood, and of a tree that gives him her bounty through the years, is a moving parable about the gift of giving and the capacity to love.


About this book

Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree is a children’s picture book that tells the life stories of a female apple tree and a boy who are able to communicate with each other. In very few words with minimalist drawings, Silverstein’s popular parable explores not only the gift of giving, but also one’s capacity to love.  

The Giving Tree received much recognition and praise, making lists such as “Top 100 Picture Books” by School Library Journal, “100 Greatest Books for Kids” by Parent & Child magazine, and “Best Children’s Books” by Goodreads as well as ranking 14th on the "All-Time Bestselling Children's Books” by Publishers Weekly. It has been translated into more than 30 languages.

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From the publisher

From Shel Silverstein, New York Times bestselling author of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic, comes a poignant picture book about love and acceptance, cherished for over fifty years. This classic is perfect for both young readers and lifelong fans.

"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. This moving parable for all ages offers a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

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.

The Giving Tree is a meaningful gift for milestone events such as graduations, birthdays, and baby showers.

Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit plus Runny Babbit Returns.

From the rear cover

"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.

Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's moving parable for readers of all ages has offered an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

First Edition Identification

With only 5,000-7,000 copies, the first edition of The Giving Tree was published by Harper & Row in 1964. The dust jacket on first editions list the original price of $2.50.

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  • Title The Giving Tree
  • Author Shel Silverstein; Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition /
  • Pages 64
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher HarperCollins, New York, NY
  • Date 2014-02-18
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780060256654 / 0060256656
  • Weight 0.98 lbs (0.44 kg)
  • Dimensions 10.1 x 7.8 x 0.6 in (25.65 x 19.81 x 1.52 cm)
  • Ages 04 to 08 years
  • Grade levels P - 3
  • Reading level 530
  • Themes
    • Theometrics: Secular
    • Topical: Home School
  • Library of Congress subjects Trees, Generosity
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2003270066
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

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Citations

  • Hornbook Guide to Children, 07/01/2003, Page 341
  • People Weekly, 04/15/2013, Page 53
  • Publishers Weekly, 04/14/2003, Page 0
  • PW Notes and Reprints, 04/14/2003, Page 73
  • School Library Journal, 01/01/2015, Page 63
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