The Giving Tree

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HarperCollinsPublishers, 2000 - Artists' books
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Inspire your students to love literature with these new Literature Notes titles. From picture books to novels, these colorful additions to our popular series boast some of today's classroom favorites. Each Literature Notes folder is packed with a synopsis of the story, an author biography, and cross-curricular activities for writing, math, social studies, and science. You'll also find creative bulletin board ideas, and delightful art projects.

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A lovely portrayal of selfless, unconditional love. - Goodreads
The ending of this book always makes me cry. - Goodreads
I liked the squiggly artwork. - Goodreads
Review This book is simple and easy to read. - Goodreads
It is very simplistic in the writing. - Goodreads
Pretty pics, though. - Goodreads

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A nice story. Read full review

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User Review  - Karen Dransfield - Goodreads

Another book on the "Classic Children's Book List" I'm reading. A lovely story about a tree who loves a small human and what she does to help her human as he grows up. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

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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