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The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

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Book Overview: The Giving Tree

From Shel Silverstein, New York Times bestselling author of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic, comes a poignant picture book about love and acceptance, cherished for over fifty years. This classic is perfect for both young readers and lifelong fans.

"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy."

So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. This moving parable for all ages offers a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation.

The Giving Tree is a meaningful gift for milestone events such as graduations, birthdays, and baby showers.

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 HalfWho Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?The Missing PieceThe Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk EndsA Light in the AtticFalling UpEvery Thing On ItDon't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit plus Runny Babbit Returns.

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"If you're looking for a children's book that teaches generosity or unselfishness, most people will point you right to The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein's lovely story of a tree that will do anything for the boy it loves--and for good reason. This classic is always a good place to start." -- Brightly

Shel Silverstein, an iconic American author, is celebrated for his profound and enduring contributions to children's literature, songwriting, and poetic creativity. Born on September 25, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, Silverstein's talent began to blossom during his teenage years. After a stint in the military, Silverstein's idiosyncratic cartoons caught the eye of Hugh Hefner, landing him a gig as a cartoonist for Playboy Magazine, a fruitful collaboration that lasted over 40 years and kickstarted his multifaceted career. Silverstein's profound literary impact is best embodied in his profound children's books, most notably "The Giving Tree" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends." His unique blend of whimsy, humor, and sagacity, delivered in non-traditional, free verse rhythms, has charmed generations, encouraging young readers to explore their imaginations against the grain of conventional storytelling norms. A gifted and sensitive author, he used the platform of children's literature to convey deeper, often philosophical messages, and his books have been translated into more than 30 languages. In addition to his literary achievements, Silverstein was an established musician and songwriter, penning hit songs for a number of well-known artists such as Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn. Silverstein, who passed away in May 1999, left behind an extraordinary legacy that transcends genres and generations. His impact on literature, music, and art continues to inspire and entertain, making him an undeniable treasure in American creative history.

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