The Giving Tree

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HarperCollins Canada, Limited, Apr 1, 1994 - 56 pages
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The Giving Tree has been a gift tradition for graduations, weddings, baby showers, and birthdays since its publication 30 years ago. Now, this perennial bestseller, which has touched the hearts of millions of readers, is available in a special gift edition, shrinkwrapped with a blank gift card for writing a special message.

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Greatest love story. - weRead
The ending of this book always makes me cry. - Goodreads
A masterful bit of story telling - weRead
A lovely portrayal of selfless, unconditional love. - Goodreads
It is very simplistic in the writing. - Goodreads
The pictures are spare and elegant. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Maura - Goodreads

A classic heartwarming story that should be required reading in every family. Deals with the issues of love and growing older in a loving and tender way. Very moving. Highly recommended. Read full review

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About the author (1994)

The most popular current writer of humorous verse for children, Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois, has been married and divorced, has one daughter, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His career includes composing popular songs, drawing cartoons, writing many adult articles (several for Playboy), and acting. However, he is best known for his self-illustrated children's poetry. His first such book was Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back (1963), the humorous tale of a lion who turns the tables on hunters. It was followed by The Giving Tree (1964), a story of a parentlike tree that gives endlessly and is endlessly used by its son. Several other such picture books followed, including The Missing Piece (1976), about a circle that goes in search of a missing piece, and its sequel, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (1981). However, two collections of poetry are probably his best-loved work: Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein (1974), and A Light in the Attic (1981). All of Silverstein's poetry for children employs the language play common to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. Silverstein is probably the best of the contemporary nonsense poets for children.

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