Giving Tree: 35th Anniversary Mini Slipcased Edition

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"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 ...

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Overview

"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.

This miniature full-cloth, gold-stamped edition will be treasured by all ages.

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Shel Silverstein takes a poignant and gentle look at the art of giving and the concept of unconditional love in his deeply profound children's book The Giving Tree. The story tells of the relationship between a young boy and a tree. Giving the boy what he wants is what makes the tree happy, a function it serves throughout the boy's life. First the tree is a place for the boy to play and munch on apples, later its branches serve as a source of lumber to build a house, and later still, its trunk provides the wood for a boat. By the time the boy has become an old man, he has used so much of what the tree has to give that all that remains is a stump. Yet all the old man needs at this point is a place to sit and rest, a function the stump nicely -- and happily -- serves.

Silverstein's drawings are deceptively simple -- black-and-white line sketches that leave plenty of white space on the page -- yet each illustration demonstrates a subtlety of emotion and change that is as captivating as it is basic. The gradual loss of the tree's various parts makes for a strong visual message. By the time the tree reaches the stump stage, the stark drawing is a perfect companion for the accompanying words: "And the tree was happy...but not really." The Giving Tree can be read over and over again, for a child's understanding of its message will likely change as the child grows. Although this isn't a colorful, fun-filled, happy-themed book, its message is a profound one that will likely inform and impress children for generations to come.

--Beth Amos

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060284510
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition number: 35
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 39,498
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.

Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.

Biography

If there is such a thing as a "bad boy of children's literature," it would have to be Shel Silverstein. Though often compared to Dr. Seuss for his ability to blend humor and nonsense into irresistible rhymes, Silverstein also ventured into macabre territory that the good Doctor wouldn't have touched with a ten-foot Sneetch. Silverstein broached such unsavory topics as nose-picking, the consumption of children, and winds so strong they could decapitate a man right out from under his hat.

It's a testament to Silverstein's abilities as a cartoonist and storyteller that he was able to endow such subjects with just the right silliness and humor, endearing him to both children and adults. In collections such as the classic Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Falling Up, Silverstein makes poems into page-turners -- aided in no small part by his grungy, whimsical black-and-white drawings. He also displays a tenderhearted understanding for kids' fears and peccadilloes; one poem in A Light in the Attic, for example, all but endorses nailbiting: "It's a nasty habit, but ... I have never ever scratched a single soul."

A lifelong writer and illustrator, Silverstein had been a cartoonist for an army newspaper in Korea in the 1950s, and then a contributor to magazines. Like many succesful writers for children, Silverstein never planned to author children's books. Ironically, his first attempt at the genre -- the book that established the one-time Playboy cartoonist as a school library fixture -- is something of an anomaly in his ouevre: The Giving Tree. This bittersweet story of a tree that ultimately sacrifices itself -- down to the stump -- to the boy she loves over the course of his life was initially rejected by Silverstein's editor. Of course, it has gone on to be a great, if sentimental, success. But it was Where the Sidewalk Ends, Silverstein's straightforward collection of crooked poems, that cemented his place as a must-read for the young and young at heart. Silverstein bristled at comparisons to fellow "nonsense poet" Edward Lear, preferring instead to cite his former teacher, Robert Cosbey, as an influence.

It's worth looking at some of Silverstein's less well-known picture books, such as Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? and Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back, as examples of how funny (and how subversive) Silverstein could be. In Lafcadio, the ultimate anti-hunting story, a lion learns to become such a good marksman that he provides "hunter rugs" for his fellow lions and ends up touring as a celebrity. Lafcadio soon gets bored with his opulent life, and what used to be thrilling no longer is: "This morning I went up and down in the elevator 1,423 times," he cries at one point. "IT'S OLD STUFF!"

In later years, Silverstein turned more attention to dramatic writing. Titles such as The Lady and the Tiger, Wild Life and The Devil and Billy Markham were produced with varying degrees of success, and some are still being staged by small theater groups. Silverstein also wrote a well-received screenplay, Things Change, with pal David Mamet in 1988.

Still, Silverstein's poetry is what remains his most popular contribution. His verse gave kids permission to be a little grown-up for a while, and (just as importantly) let adults experience the not-always-simple perspective of children.

Good To Know

Silverstein was a soldier in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea in the '50s and drew cartoons for Stars and Stripes, the American military publication. His next cartooning gig was for Playboy.

Silverstein wrote several songs. His country-western song "A Boy Named Sue" was a hit for Johnny Cash in 1969. His song for Postcards From the Edge, "I'm Checkin' Out," was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sheldon Allan Silverstein (full name)
      Shel Silverstein
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 25, 1930
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      May 10, 1999
    2. Place of Death:
      Key West, Florida

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2003

    i cant believe he cut down the whole tree...

    This story's dreadfully sad, I love it very much so. I cry every time I read it. I wish I had a tree that gave me free cool things... anyway, kids will get a kick out of the lesson, I remember when I was young and I read this book, I still understood that the tree was unselfish and the boy was greedy and out for himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. Infinately more.

    I just remember having this book read to me as a child of about 6 or 7 years old. I was so touched that I didn't even care about the pictures. For an author to achieve that reaction in such a young child is quite an accomplishment in and of itself. I'm now 36 years old. It is still my favorite book, childrens and otherwise, and I buy it for all of my friends and relatives who are expecting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    I cried!

    Okay. I am 14 and I have read this book many times before, but when I was babysitting the other night I read this as a bedtime story and I cried. I didn't feel so bad though because the kids were too! This is my mom's favorite book too, and I'm going to get it for her for Mother's Day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2000

    The Greatest Children's Book I've Ever Read

    I first read this book at age 4 and loved the giving qualities of the tree. I wanted to be just like the tree because I knew so many adults in my life that had the same qualities. It was and still is my favorite book even though I am now 25 and expecting my own child. I can't wait to read him this story over and over again. Just as my mother read it to me, with tears in her eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2000

    Co-dependant tree?

    Altough I find this book rich with meaning, I have also thought that the tree has all the characteristics of a co-dependant that doesn't know when to withold for the betterment of the receiver. If the tree gave willingly, there is no need for him to feel sad. Selfless giving means we expect nothing in return. Either way, there are many lessons about giving, giving too much, and taking too much. I adore the book, but this perspective is worth a shot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2000

    The greatest book............

    I first read this book when I was a little boy. The effect it had then is the same effect it has now. I still refer to it as my favorite book of all time. I am a man that cried at the end of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    The Giving Trees Gives It's Lessons Forever!

    I first read this book when I was about 5 or 6 and it is a tale that has always stuck with me. Now that I am an adult, I purchased my own copy to hand down to my children. This is a timeless tale of a beautiful tree that gives of itself unselfishly and eventually reaps the rewards. Great book not only for children but for parents who may feel that unapreciated. Bottom line: The best of things come to those who wait.

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