The Giving Tree with CD

The Giving Tree with CD

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by Shel Silverstein
     
 

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The Giving Tree turns fifty! To celebrate the anniversary of this classic favorite by Shel Silverstein, this edition features a beautiful metallic green jacket, a commemorative gold sticker, and a CD recording of Silverstein reading The Giving Tree.

Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for

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The Giving Tree turns fifty! To celebrate the anniversary of this classic favorite by Shel Silverstein, this edition features a beautiful metallic green jacket, a commemorative gold sticker, and a CD recording of Silverstein reading The Giving Tree.

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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
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

Publishers Weekly
The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein's classic parable of selfless love and devotion originally published in 1964, is now available in a larger-size edition. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060586751
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/18/2004
Edition description:
50th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
30,287
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

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, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 25, 1930
Date of Death:
May 10, 1999
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Place of Death:
Key West, Florida
Education:
Chicago School of Fine Arts; University of Illinois (no degree)
Website:
http://www.shelsilverstein.com

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The Giving Tree with CD 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
TeachersHelper More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for any age. It was drawn to my attention by a fourth grader who asked me if I have read this book yet. I hadn't do I purchased it. I am very happy that I had. Great, Great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have always loved this book. Great value with lots to consider!
Xombiebomb More than 1 year ago
This book was a favorite when I was a kid, and to my children. It reminds me of my grandma, who selflessly gives anything that is needed or wanted and asks for nothing in return. She also gave this special 40th anniversary edition to our family. I have read it so many times, and hope to read it many many more. While my grandma is my Giving Tree, I have made sure that we do not wait until the end so show her the appreciation she deserves. If more people read and understood this book...well there would be many stumps out there that are still good for something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was prepared to like this book, as many do. I hate it. It starts out seeming fine, with the little boy asking the tree for apples. By the end the relationship between the boy now a grown man has become really sick, destructive, and selfishly one sided as the man continues to come back demanding more and more until he has killed the tree, leaving only a stump he sits on. This perpetually immature boy-man shows no empathy, and while he is not happy at the end he never shows any character but selfish taker. Yuck. I realize that I am in the minority for rating it poor but my career working with special need or troubled children and their families may make me more alert to healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics.
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StacyMarie84 More than 1 year ago
LOVE THIS BOOK. I LOVE HOW IT TEACHES CHILDREN THAT NO MATTER HOW GIVING SOMEONE IS, WE SHOULD NEVER TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED!
mauimexican More than 1 year ago
The "Giving Tree" I began reading it to my children at the age of 1 and 3 . this began their love for books and most mostly shel silverstein .... And now they are 28,& 26 And the SAME BEAUTIFUL BOOK is now read daily to my 3 beautiful grandchildren !!!! (what a great way to learn unconditional love )
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HarperCollins Publishers, limited books on nook, kids love the book ! wish it was available on the nook, but its not.
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Wiccanwoman More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Shel Silverstein's work while a senior in High School.He was one of the authors I chose to write my term paper on.From then on,I became a fan."The Giving Tree" to me shows unconditional love,you don't find that kind of love and friendship every day.The relationship between the Tree and the boy is believable and real.This is a book I give as a Baby shower Gift or as a Graduation gift.
ACE55 More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK HAS BEEN IN MY FAMILY FOR 38 YEARS. I BOUGHT THIS BOOK FOR MY 38 YEAR OLD BOY WHEN HE WAS BORN, MY 23 YEAR OLD BOY WHEN HE WAS BORN AND NOW MY GRANDDAUGHTER 4 MONTHS..I HAVE HAD ALOT OF JOY READING TO THEM ALL,GREATEST BOOK IN THE WORLD..LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE TRUE MEANING.. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH MR.SILVERSTEIN..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my great-nephew's graduation from pre-school. It's one of his favorite books - he would check it out at the library, and cry when he had to return it. Love that it has a CD so that he can listen to it in the car. Would recommend for any age child (or adult). Wonderful story, wonderful book.
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Tidalwave3 More than 1 year ago
This book is now 35 years old and still timely! This book came in front of me TWICE within 30 days from DIFFERENT courses. I first became aware of THE GIVING TREE in a Methodist Lay Speaking course and it hit home! Then the next month it was part of my Walk To Emmaus and several of us just.... cried about it's message. I have been taught that TRUE LEADERS GIVE OF THEMSEVES BEFORE THINKING OF THEMSELVES and this book drives it home. I did get the copy that has the CD with it and glad I did :-)
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This is a book that every child in our family has had read to them, then read themselves as they got older, ever since we first discovered it. We have all loved it, frequently cried over it, and passed it on to friends and family in an ever-widening circle.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When my son was young, I must have read this book to him a hundred times. In the hustle and bustle of bringing up the kids, I hardly noticed its gentle message. But he did. He is a grown man now and as soon as my first grandchild arrives, this book will be one of my first gifts!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine in high school handed me this book, as she grabbed every book written by this author. Immediately I fell in love with it. As it brought tears to my eyes, the book also brought on a new era of growth for me. Thirteen years later, I still continue to reread this book and still give this item to family and friends for special occasion gifts. This book will be enjoyed by children, teens and adults alike. My highest recommendation is given for this item.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember sitting on my sisters best friends lap as she introduced me to this book. I have always remembered its message. Now I can begin reading it to my little girl in hopes that she enjoys it just as much as I still do. This is a great book for all ages.