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The Giving Tree 40th Anniversary Edition Book with CD [Hardcover]

By Shel Silverstein (Author) & Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)
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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.

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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.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Giving Tree 40th Anniversary Edition Book with CD by Shel Silverstein has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Newsweek - 01/14/2008 page 16

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.3" Width: 7.9" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 30, 2004
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  7-9
Edition  Anniversary  
ISBN  0060586753  
ISBN13  9780060586751  

Availability  0 units.

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Shel Silverstein died in 1999.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Giving Tree 40th Anniversary Edition Book with CD?

Scary Message/Scary Photo!  Aug 16, 2007
First, the photograph of the author -- Scary! Certainly the attractive Shel Silverstein could have chosen a warmer picture? Instead, he is on the back of the book, teeth snaring, eyes glaring like he wants to do you in. It's certainly not the warm and fuzzy children's book choice of photo. My 2-year-old was actually startled!

Perhaps, the photo is not a mistake? Perhaps Silverstein doesn't intend the book as warm and fuzzy. Certainly after reading it, this reader found a darker, almost sinister meaning in it than I expected from a book titled so beautifully, "The Giving Tree."

Sure trees are for our use, sustenance, survival. But if we were to destroy each one after it serves its purpose, where would we be? With the inevitable feeling of void at the end, perhaps the author's intention could be a good one? -- to bring us to this realization of how nasty and thoughtless we are to the environment? But this is really not something kids could defer. The message to children is --Destroying nature is fine. In fact destruction is good because it satisfies and defines Mother Nature. Fortunately, for a 2-year-old, one can doctor a book a bit to change its meaning. We plant seeds at the end ... (and the scary photo is covered!)
Every Prodigal Son Belongs to SOMEONE  Jul 27, 2007

This review isn't so much to review the book itself--which I and my wife loved as children and love as much now--but to review the critics. Most of whom seem to find this an exercise which merely attempts to validate abusive relationships. Why give and give to those who keep taking? Why?

We take the other side of the coin: Unconditional love. This is NOT a story about the boy. This is a story about the tree (the mother, the father, the wife, the husband, the whoever who has the strength to wait, to know, that love may not change anything . . . but it may . . . it MAY).

But an opinion is just that. To those who found the book a validation for abuse, we sincerely thank you for making us re-examine our own point of view, even though we did not agree.

Either way, definitely worth reading yourself . . . and then deciding if it is appropriate for your children.
Love it  Jul 27, 2007
We love Shel and we love this book. We read it weekly and have for over 3 years now.
My Kids Turned This Into A Great Discussion  Jul 16, 2007
I really didn't like this book as I read it to my second grade class but the discussion my children had after the story was amazing. Basically, my kids thought it was a lesson on bad parenting and selfishness. They thought if the tree didn't give the boy everything, he would have learned to do things for himself and that if a parent gives their children too much, they are going to have to provide for them forever and harm themselves in the process. What ever you may think about this story, it does teach many different lessons, depending on how you want to look at it.
Just re-read as an adult, different perspective....  Jul 12, 2007
I am a new father. We have received many books (obviously my girl is too young but we are starting to build a little library for her...)
I just reread this recently as an adult at a relatives house (who has 2 kids) and was actually pretty surprised at just how truly selfish this "boy" is. Sure he loves the tree in the beginning but then all he cares about is his own happiness and he even completely mutilates the tree (with her consent, oddly) so that he can go and be an adult with his wife. Also he can't manage to be self sufficient and make his own way without mangling his "friend". Is the tree a metaphor for "mom"...?
Is it okay to even metaphorically disfigure, take advantage of and mutilate his "mom" for his own pleasure?
Then when he's old, alone again and has nowhere else to go, the mutilated, sad stump of a tree takes him back in and is happy again...?!?!? She's only happy when this selfish, abusive little "boy" is paying attention to her or needing something from her.
Honestly, what is the message of this book? If not "Mom", the tree sounds like a partner in a VERY abusive relationship (one you would see on some morning talk show) where the tree continues to LOVE the boy and is happy as long as the tree can get some attention or give of herself to an incredibly selfish "boy" who is completely ungrateful.
I mean, he takes everything from her, disfigures her to go and be with someone else and when he's old and alone again he comes back and she takes him in again!

A very odd book to read to a small child in my opinion.
I know my opinion here will not be very popular and many have fond memories of reading this book when they were young but try reading it again objectively as an adult.

I'm not saying that the author's observations were untrue, (sadly I think they are all too much true...) but marketing this as a heartwarming, fuzzy children's book...? Odd...

Sincerely, Dave

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