The Giving TreeBook - 1964 | First edition.
The Giving Tree, a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein, has been a classic favorite for generations.
Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
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.
And don't miss Runny Babbit Returns, the new book from Shel Silverstein!
From Library Staff
This book about a female apple tree that gives everything it has to a greedy boy throughout his life was banned at a library in Colorado in 1988 for being sexist and has been challenged in several U.S. schools because it "criminalized the forestry agency."
Workingthestacks Dec 13, 2014
This book is about so many life lessons it's hard to sum up.
EPLGreatStuff_Sean Jun 06, 2014
Who's ready for a good cry? This is a beautiful story of friendship, loyalty, and a bond that cannot be broken by the passage of time. While it can be enjoyed by the young, I really feel that its full impact is experienced by the older reader. I gave this book as a gift to my class when I was fin... Read More »
A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return. All Ages
dntblnk Sep 21, 2009
I like this book. It has a good moral backbone running through it and a hint of sadness.
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A tree loves little boy unconditionally, even though he doesn't always return that love.
boy always goes to the giving tree and the tree gives him fruit and when he gets older he only comes to the giving tree for money and older he wants a house and even older he wants a boat and the oldest he wants a place to sits so he gets everything he wants. by michael
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