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The Giving Tree

By Silverstein, Shel




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.

First edition identification and notes

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.

Other collectible or notable editions

Harper Collins published a 50th Anniversary hardcover edition of The Giving Tree in 2014. This edition features a metallic green jacket and a gold anniversary sticker on the cover.


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The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel

Harper & Row Publishers, 1964 First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with NO ISBN number on the copyright page and with four lines of copyright information. An attractive dustjacket with light wear to the edges and front panel. This First issue dustjacket has the publisher's $2.50 printed price present on the front flap of the dustjacket. The book is in excellent condition and is bound in the publisher's boards. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy with the ORIGINAL First Issue dustjacket with the author having hair in the picture.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $4,500.00


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The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel

Harper & Row Publishers, 1964 First Edition, First Printing with the four line copyright page and NO ISBN number. This ORIGINAL price clipped dustjacket jacket has the 0964 code on the front flap of the dustjacket. The back of this dustjacket also has a full torso photo of Silverstein on the back cover with hair on his head. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with slight wear to the edges. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. We buy Silverstein First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $3,500.00


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

2005-02-06. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $510.49


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THE GIVING TREE

Silverstein, Shel

New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964. 1st Edition Clamshell Collector's Case. No Binding. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964. 1st Edition Clamshell Collector's Case. No Binding. Custom Clamshell Case. No Binding. First Edition Clamshell Case. Superb Custom Fitted Modern Collector's Clamshell Bookcase...

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Price: $195.00


The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel

Harper & Row, 1964 Early Edition, not a first. Near fine book, shows light wear, rubbing on corners and bottom edge of front and back cover and spine, and white mark on front cover. Near fine DJ, minor wear, chip on top of spine, closed tear on spine, back jacket, and right edge of back inner flap, and crease and small glue residues on front jacket.. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $150.00


The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

1992-01-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $131.64


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The Giving Tree (Japanese Edition)

Shel Silverstein

2010-07-06. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $119.86


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The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel

HarperCollins, 1997-01-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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Price: $38.30


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

2003-07-08. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $113.97


The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

2010-06-04. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $112.75


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The Giving Tree (Slipcased Mini Edition)

Shel Silverstein

1999-04-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $112.49


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The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel

Clean and Unmarked Text: New York: Harper & Row, 1964 / First Edition / Early Reprint Hardback : hard cover edition in good plus condition, a typical used book with slight wear to edges and spine. Some minor bumping or scuffs. Overall good / nice copy of this scarce title. Excellent reading on the subject. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand for yourself. Or would make an ideal gift for the fan / reader in your life. Reading is one of the great pleasures in life. Reading is one of the great pleasures in life. In nice reprinted dust cover with curly hair and full beard.. Hard Back. Good/Yes. Illus. by Fully Illustrated. A Book for Children.

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Price: $110.95


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

1997-04-09. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $108.07


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The Giving Tree (Hebrew) (Hebrew Edition)

Shel Silverstein

2013-03-07. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $106.60


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

2008-06-02. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $105.12


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

Harper & Row. Used - Very Good. Very Good condition. Good dust jacket.

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Price: $104.99


Giving Tree (Korean Edition)

Shel Silverstein

2000-08-08. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $99.70


The Giving Tree [Pictorial Children's Reader, Learning to Read, Skill building]

Silverstein, Shel

Clean and Unmarked Text: New York: Harper & Row, 1964 / First Edition / Early Reprint Hardback in Dust Cover : hard cover edition in good plus condition, a typical used book with slight wear to edges and spine. First free end paper removed, otherwise clean and tight. Some minor bumping or scuffs. Overall good / nice copy of this scarce early copy. Excellent reading on the subject. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand for yourself. Or would make an ideal gift for the fan / reader in your life. Reading is one of the great pleasures in life. Reading is one of the great pleasures in life. In nice reprinted dust cover with waist-up photo of Silverstein on the back of dj with curly hair and full beard. Not price clipped.. Hard Back. Good/Yes. Illus. by Fully Illustrated. Classic American Literature. A Book for Children.

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Price: $97.95


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The Giving Tree (Japanese Edition)

Shel Silverstein

2010-07-06. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $92.46


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

2010-06-04. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $82.80


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

2005-02-06. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $80.17


The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

1992-01-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $80.17


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

Library Card 64-11840

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Price: $75.00


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THE GIVING TREE

Shel Silverstein

New York: Harpercollins. 1999. First Edition; Later Printing. Hardcover. Very Fine in a Very Fine slipcase. ; All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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Price: $74.98


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THE GIVING TREE

Shel Silverstein

New York: Harper & Row. 2014. First Edition; Early Printing. Hardcover. 0060256656 . Very Good+ in a Very Good+ price clipped dust jacket. 1/4 inch open tear at spine crown. ; 10.1 X 7.8 X 0.6 inches; 57 pages .

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Price: $74.95


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THE GIVING TREE

Shel Silverstein

New York: Harper & Row. 1964. Hardcover. 0060256656 . Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. ; 10.35 X 7.85 X 0.55 inches; 57 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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Price: $74.95


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THE GIVING TREE

Shel Silverstein

New York: Harper & Row. 1964. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good price-clipped dust jacket. Ink to front endpaper. Coloring to first two pages. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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Price: $74.95


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THE GIVING TREE

Shel Silverstein

New York: Harper & Row. 1964. Hardcover. 0060256656 . Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Large owner inscription. ; 10.35 X 7.85 X 0.55 inches; 57 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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Price: $74.95


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The Giving Tree [Pictorial Children's Reader, Learning to Read, Skill Building, Early edition]

Silverstein, Shel

Harpercollins Childrens Books 1964 Hardback : hard cover edition in good plus condition, some slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book. This is a clean early edition with ffep removed. In very nice reprinted dust cover with waist-up photo of Silverstein on the back of dj with curly hair and full beard. Overall good copy of this early edition, would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Bright green cover of a boy catching an apple falling from a tree. ---- About The Book: Editorial Reviews : To say that this particular apple tree is a 'giving tree' is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein's popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once carved into the tree as a child that said 'M.E. + T.' 'And then the tree was happy... but not really.' When there's nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. "And the tree was happy." While the message of this book is unclear (Take and take and take? Give and give and give? Complete self-sacrifice is good? Complete self-sacrifice is infinitely sad?), Silverstein has perhaps deliberately left the book open to interpretation. All ages / Karin Snelson ;; Book Description '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. Lovely gift idea. Not a library book.. Clean and Unmarked Text. Hard Back / Pictorial Binding. Good/Yes. Illus. by Fully Illustrated. Classic American Literature. A: Children's Reading Book.

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Price: $68.95


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The Giving Tree [Pictorial Children's Reader, Learning to Read, Skill building]

Silverstein, Shel

Harpercollins Childrens Books 1964 / 1970s Reprint Hardback : hard cover edition in good condition, some slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book. This is a clean ex-lib with ffep removed. In nice reprinted dust cover with waist-up photo of Silverstein on the back of dj with curly hair and full beard. Overall good copy of this early edition. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Bright green cover of a boy catching an apple falling from a tree. Editorial Reviews : To say that this particular apple tree is a 'giving tree' is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein's popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once carved into the tree as a child that said 'M.E. + T.' 'And then the tree was happy... but not really.' When there's nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. "And the tree was happy." While the message of this book is unclear (Take and take and take? Give and give and give? Complete self-sacrifice is good? Complete self-sacrifice is infinitely sad?), Silverstein has perhaps deliberately left the book open to interpretation. All ages / Karin Snelson ;; Book Description '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+. Ex-library Book / Some Marks, minor.. Clean and Unmarked Text. Hard Back / Pictorial Binding. Good/Yes. Illus. by Fully Illustrated. Classic American Literature. A: Children's Reading Book.

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Price: $68.95


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THE GIVING TREE

Shel Silverstein

New York: Harper & Row. 1964. Early Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Light foxing at top of text block. .

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Price: $64.95


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GIVING TREE

SILVERSTEIN SHEL

HARPER. New. 10.34 x 7.96 cm.

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Price: $58.48


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The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel

HarperCollins, 2003. Hardcover. New. Printed Pages: 0. The Giving Tree Silverstein, Shel

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Price: $53.70


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THE GIVING TREE

Silverstein, Shel

New York: Harper & Row. N.D.. First Edition; Early Printing. Hardcover. 0060256656 . Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Owner inscription verso half title page. No date. ; 10.40 X 7.90 X 0.60 inche; 64 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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Price: $52.45


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The Giving Tree [Pictorial Children's Reader, Fully illustrated]

Silverstein, Shel

Later Printing, No Edition Stated: New York: Harper and Row, 1964 Cover is light green with dark green tree and apple falling to the ground. Quality Hardback : hard cover edition in Very Good condition, some slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book; and in a Good Dust Jacket with some egdewear. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great GIFT IDEA for the fan / reader in your life. Previous Owner Name, covered with matching sticker, nicely done. Editorial Reviews : To say that this particular apple tree is a 'giving tree' is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein's popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once carved into the tree as a child that said 'M.E. + T.' 'And then the tree was happy... but not really.' When there's nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. "And the tree was happy." While the message of this book is unclear (Take and take and take? Give and give and give? Complete self-sacrifice is good? Complete self-sacrifice is infinitely sad?), Silverstein has perhaps deliberately left the book open to interpretation. All ages / Karin Snelson ;; Book Description '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+. Reprint Edition. Illus. by Dust Jacket, Illustrated. POPULAR TITLE OF INTEREST. A: Children's Reading Book.

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Price: $50.95


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THE GIVING TREE

Shel Silverstein

New York: Harper & Row. 1964. Hardcover. 0060256656 . Near Fine in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Light soiling on bottom of front panel. ; 10.1 X 7.8 X 0.6 inches; 57 pages .

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Price: $49.99


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

1997-04-09. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $48.39


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The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel

Harper & Row. Hardcover. 0060256656 . New. 2013.

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Price: $43.99


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The Giving Tree with CD

Silverstein, Shel

HarperCollins. Hardcover. 0060586753 New Condition. . New.

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The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel

HarperCollins. Hardcover. 0060256664 New Condition. . New.

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The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel

HarperCollins. Hardcover. 0590396218 New Condition. . New.

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The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel

HarperCollins. Hardcover. 0060840986 New Condition. . New.

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The Giving Tree (Hebrew) (Hebrew Edition)

Shel Silverstein

2013-03-07. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $39.38


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The Giving Tree (Slipcased Mini Edition)

Shel Silverstein

1999-04-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $36.99


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GIVING TREE

SHEL SILVERSTEIN

HARPER COLLINS TRADE DIVISION. GOOD CONDITION. HARDCOVER.

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Price: $35.00


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THE GIVING TREE

Shel Silverstein

Harpercollins. 2014. Hardcover. 0060256656 . Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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Price: $34.95


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The Giving Tree with CD

Shel Silverstein

2004-06-08. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $33.39


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

2003-07-08. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $33.39


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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

2008-06-02. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $33.39