Item description for The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein...
Overview 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, in an anniversary edition of the classic book packaged with a CD read by the late author.
"Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy."
The Giving Tree is fifty Celebrate with this special edition that features a stunning metallic green jacket and a gold anniversary sticker. 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.
Supports the Common Core State Standards.
From 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
People Weekly - 04/15/2013 page 53
PW Notes and Reprints - 04/14/2003 page 73
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 341
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2003 page 341
Publishers Weekly - 04/14/2003
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 7.8" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 7, 1964
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060256656 ISBN13 9780060256654
Reviews - What do customers think about The Giving Tree?
This is not a children's book Mar 24, 2007
Is self-sacrifice for someone you love beautiful? Yes.
Is the tree acting like a parent? Yes.
Well, then-bittersweet sacrifice, great moral..."the end," right? Uh, no...the boy in the story is cruel, selfish, and indifferent. He grows up to be a cruel, selfish, and indifferent man.
If the book made sense, the last page would have the boy hugging the stump and saying, "You were always my best friend," or "Thank you."
But he doesn't. Now, would you take and take and take from a friendly tree, up to and including killing it, and never give anything back? I wouldn't. So the book makes no sense, like the story of a boy and his friendly dog who does everything for him that he can, and then the boy sells the dog to be used for experiments for a few dollars.
Oh, bittersweet dog...gave so much...how nice.
What about this horrible kid?
This book makes for nice fodder for adults, but it's not a children's book.
Moral of the story Mar 23, 2007
I remember this story being read to me in the first grade. I, too felt, happy and sad after the story was read to me, but did not really understand it. However, 21 years later, this story resurfaces in my grad educational psyc class. The topic was morality and what are some children's stories that have a moral to them. We discussed The Giving Tree and understood its moral as it is better to give than to receive, and we shouldn't look for something back in return. We should also be more like the tree and practice the act of giving more. What spawned from that idea afterwards was amazing, because the issue of God came up and how He (like the tree) loves us unconditionally and continues to give and forgive while we take and take, but He (the tree) is always there to remind and encourage us to be giving as well.
40th Anniversary brings another life to the giving tree Mar 23, 2007
"Once there was a tree... and she loved a little boy"
I first discovered the giving tree 25 years ago when i was in Primary school, the story fascinated me, it made me feel conflicted, both happy and sad for the tree and for the boy. I never owned a copy of this book, but checked it out from the school library on several occassions. I had almost forgotten about the giving tree when i learnt that it had been re-released for it's 40th anniversary with a CD as read by Shel Silverstein. I was so excited I quickly bought it for my daughter. As i re-read the book after so many years i found that it still raised the same conflicting emotions, except this time, as a parent, I found myself thinking of myself as the tree and the boy as my daughter. I then found myself thinking of the sacrifices my parents made for me and how i have also been the boy. This book is a real treasure, and has stood the test of time.
A Book for All Ages Mar 21, 2007
This is a great book with a message for all from young to old. Great to give as a gift. Highly recommended.
Mint Condition Book Mar 18, 2007
The book was in mint condition. I gave it to someone very special. Thank you.