The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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Shel Silverstein was born in 1930. He grew up in Chicago and created his first cartoons for the adult readers of the Pacific Stars and Stripes when he was a GI in Japan and Korea in the 1950s. He also learned to play the guitar and to write songs, including “A Boy Named Sue” for Johnny Cash and “The Cover of the Rolling Stone,” sung by Dr. Hook. He performed his own songs on a number of albums and wrote others for friends. In 1984 Silverstein won a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album for Where the Sidewalk Ends—“Recited, sung and shouted” by the author. He was also an accomplished playwright: His credits include the 1981 hit The Lady or the Tiger; The Devil and Billy Markham and the 1988 film Things Change written with David Mamet. A frequent showcase for Shel’s plays, the Ensemble Studio Theater of New York, produced The Trio in its 1998 marathon of one-act plays. Shel Silverstein will perhaps always be best loved for his extraordinary books. Shel’s books are now published in more than 47 different languages. In an interview published in the Chicago Tribune in 1964, Shel talked about the difficult time he had trying to get The Giving Tree published. “Everybody loved it, they were touched by it, they would read it and cry and say it was beautiful. But . . . one publisher said it was too short. . . .” Some thought it was too sad. Others felt that the book fell between adult and children’s literature and wouldn’t be popular. It took Shel four years before Ursula Nordstrom, the legendary Harper & Row editor, decided to publish it. She even let him keep the sad ending, Shel remembered, “because life, you know, has pretty sad endings. 

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Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree is the classic “tree book” every child should own, know, and love; to learn how to respect and care for the trees that love and care for us, unconditionally.

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.
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.

 

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Weight1 lbs
Dimensions8 × 10 × .5 in

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