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The Giving Tree

Average rating
4 out of 5
Based on 825,924 Ratings and 19,089 Reviews

Book Description
To say that this particular apple tree is a "giving tree" is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein's popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks fo... More
Book Information
PublisherHarper & Row Publishers
BindingHardcover (49 editions)
Reading LevelAges 4-8
# of Pages64
Publication Date/1964
The Creators
About Shel Silverstein (Author, Illustrator) : Sheldon Alan "Shel" Silverstein (September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999) was an American poet, songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter and author of children's books. He sometimes styled... more
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Reader Comments
7/18/2015 Mae Curran said:
In our school we have "Value's of the Month". November is "Generosity". We read this book and then the children bring in apples. I bring home the apples, peel them, cut them, and then put them into individual baggies for the children to add to a bowl with apple pie ingredients. I mix everything ... more

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12/1/2014 Laurette Cooper said: I aspire to write as well! What does it mean to give?
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10/4/2013 Kenny Cordova said: Best example of simplicity and reader appeal.
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4/12/2013 Joha Potgieter

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12/13/2012 Marie Rose said: A prized possession. We should all strive harder to be more like the Giving Tree in the book.
tags: Shel Silverstein, picture books, lovely, Inspired me, tender

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11/8/2012 William Yu tagged as: I recommend

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9/11/2012 Martha C. Wilson tagged as: Inspired me

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9/4/2012 Layla Cox tagged as: I read

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10/20/2011 Gail Fattori tagged as: I'm reading

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1/31/2011 Maurice Jones

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11/18/2010 Marty Flynn said: The best children's book ever written for adults
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11/8/2010 angela pascale tagged as: Inspired me

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7/26/2010 Anezoula Tsimpika tagged as: I read

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7/19/2010 Lisa Eichlin said: Love this book of friendship!!!
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7/2/2010 Sheri Radford tagged as: I recommend

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4/1/2010 Ann Hartman said: Impossible to beat this one!
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11/24/2009 Cole Rush

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11/17/2009 jacklyn curb said:
As a boy grows a favorite tree gives him everything she has to offer to make him happy. The themes are plentiful in this book without a lot of words. There is only one sentence per page, with the exception of two or three pages. This layout builds interest and apprehension for what is next. There is... more

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11/12/2009 Arttu Juselius

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10/23/2009 amanda leslie

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10/19/2009 Terry David Johnson said: This is one that I enjoyed as a child, as well as, reading to my children. Truly one of the all time greats.
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10/15/2009 Kimberly Sparks said: This book takes me back to my childhood, I enjoy reading it to my own children.
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9/25/2009 Ruth Gooding

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9/19/2009 Donna Marie tagged as: I read

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9/5/2009 RJ McGill said: I remember my Mom reading this book to me - just as I read it to my daughter and I hope one day to share it with my grandchildren...it is a simple, yet beautiful book that has stood the test of time - a real classic!
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6/5/2009 Amira Qattan said:
This heartwarming story tells the tale of a boy and his friendship with a tree. At the beginning of the story the boy is very young and he loves the tree very much. He plays in her leaves, climbs on her trunk and eats her apples and this makes her very happy. As time goes by the boy becomes a teenag... more

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5/11/2009 Debbie Williamson said: One of my favorites!
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4/15/2009 J.Susanna Watt said: This is absolutely one of the most wonderful stories I have ever read. An excellent example of sharing.
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4/14/2009 Ryan Bache said: This is my all-time favorite. God bless, Shel.
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4/10/2009 Hiram Todd said: I was a Teen when I read this book and I sure did enjoy it!

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3/27/2009 Monette Pangan

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3/8/2009 Paul S.

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3/5/2009 TT Allen tagged as: Inspired me, I recommend

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12/5/2008 Tom Hannah said: Everyone dreams of writing a story as timeless as this. Shel Silversteins masterpiece.

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12/3/2008 J.Aday Kennedy

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12/2/2008 Sara Joiner

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10/30/2008 Jesse DenHerder said: a classic

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10/15/2008 Danielle Brewer said: It always makes me a little sad...but in a good way.

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9/25/2008 celia Leary said: Beautiful book with a great message. I cried when reading it

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9/14/2008 Patz Fowle said: The Giving Tree is one of my all time favorite children's books! This moving parable was inspirational in writing my own book, Remember When.

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7/30/2008 Kyle M Stone

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6/11/2008 Sani Ismail said: one of the best writer/illustrator

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5/5/2008 megan bostic

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3/17/2008 Tracy Wymer

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3/6/2008 Diana Evans said: I received this book as a gift and cried the first time I read it...great message....great read....

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