The Giving Tree with CD by Shel SilversteinThe Giving Tree with CD by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree with CD

byShel SilversteinIllustratorShel Silverstein

Hardcover | February 18, 2014

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The Giving Tree turns fifty! To celebrate the anniversary of this classic favorite by Shel Silverstein, this edition features a beautiful metallic green jacket, a commemorative gold sticker, and a CD recording of Silverstein reading The Giving Tree.

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.

And don't miss Runny Babbit Returns, the new book from Shel Silverstein!

Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.
Title:The Giving Tree with CDFormat:HardcoverDimensions:64 pages, 10 × 7.5 × 0.38 inPublished:February 18, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060586753

ISBN - 13:9780060586751

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from CLASSIC!!! LOVE Shel Silverstein!!!! A favourite from my own childhood..that I happily shared with my own children and one day they will share with theirs! A true classic story that stays with you for a lifetime!!! A book...that keeps on giving forever!!!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Great book for all ages!! Just as amazing as the others by this author. Heartwarming message!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Children's Book, Unlike Any Other One of my favourite childhood books, it's so heartwarming and sends great messages to the readers. I think it's a wonderful book that all kids should have the chance to read (or anyone who hasn't read it yet!).
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giving Tree Growing up this was always my favourite book. It still holds a special place in my heart. The absolute perfect book for any child that you want to challenge. At such a young age, this book really made me think past what I was used to, which is so important for kids. You need to pick this book up!
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My toodler love it! This is a very nice history about life, its simple and little ones friendly.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classroom Staple I recently had some time to kill with my students and brought this book out to read. We've published two books this year in our classroom and this book inspired the third. It's also a great book for reader response because some children see the book in a positive light and others, see it as a negative outcome.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Kid Needs This This is such a well-known classic that carries such a deep and inspirational storyline and message. Every kind needs to have this as apart of their childhood.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written Classic This is a beautifully written story to share with all generations — a story about love that knows no limits.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite This classic is a great read for classrooms and just bedtime stories... Its beautiful
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic One of my favourites when I was little... now reading it to my daughter!
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have This book is a must have in any child's library. It is certainly a classic to pass down to generations. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad, beautiful, poignant The Giving Tree is a heartbreaking story of a tree (metaphor for a parent) who gives a child everything in its power to make him happy. It is an eye opening read for both children and parents.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read Great for young readers and adults
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! A must read with a powerful message. It will bring a tear to your eye.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic with heart This book is a MUST own for all families. It is an absolute classic but believe me the message will resonate with any generation. It's beautiful, sad, and thoughtful. I loved it as a child and now my children love it and ask me to read it all the time.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! Was always a favorite story of mine! Such a cute story with a very meaningful lesson.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story This is a great story with an important message for children. Well written and good illustrations
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Book! I love the story and message to this book, I read it to my class very often because I feel it leads to very nice discussions. Although the story is sad it leaves you thinking about the great things in life.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice story It's a nice story, but also sad. What's great about it is that it teaches a lot of lessons.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Baby Shower Gift Got my girlfriend a collection of all the best kid books! This was among them.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated it This book is very sad. To give until their is nothing left, for your child or anyone, I don't see the beauty in that.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Discussion A good read that can lead to great discussions, with kids young and old.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Giving Tree A classic and favorite of mine
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An all time favourite Layered with symbolism and meaning. Love discussing what we are meant to learn from this book.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story! Love this book! Have read this many times with my children and nieces! It conveys such a strong message of sharing and kindness!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story! Love this book! Have read this many times with my children and nieces! It conveys such a strong message of sharing and kindness!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite I give this as a gift often. It's so sweet and touching.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a beautiful story This is a great children's book that has some good lessons woven into it. It would make a great gift.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Obviously not in the majority I disliked this book. I understand the story or at least what it's trying to say but I thought it was poorly executed, at least the ending. I just feel if a child read this alone they would not understand the meaning because it's not explained. Of course if the parent is there, they can explain it to them, which is what I did. I'm in my 30s this is my first time reading it and I just kept thinking 'this guy is a real jerk' just couldn't stand it.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Such a sweet story! I started reading this to my son when he was a baby and we still love it now!
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This was always one of my favourite books growing up, and now I have happily been able to share it with my nephew. I hope that this book helps him to understand selflessness and love
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five stars Great hook and great message.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good book! My 20 moth old is very patient and interested in picture books. I think however she's a bit young for this particular one. The illustrations are simple and sweet but lack the color that intrigues her at this stage. I'm positive this will become a favorite in a few more months.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-have A great story on selfishness, sacrifice, friendship and love, all told in a simple manner that will resonate with any child
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great children's book! I love this and I am a full grownup.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fav This is my all time favourite children's book. It always makes me tear up.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic! One of my favourite books as a child!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Shel Silverstein book! Wonderful lesson written in so well. They don't make books like these anymore!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ummm... I do not get why this book as such high ratings. I would not recommend I was very disappointed.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! The Giving Tree is one of my favourite books!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "...and she loved a little boy very, very much, even more than she loved herself" I just love this book. This story illustrates the unconditional love a mother has for their child, while also highlighting the human need for seeking pleasure in more. Definitely a reflective read for the young and old.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Book! One of my favourite book as a child! Love it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it A true classic, must read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a fan The overall feel of this book is disappointing, and feels selfish. Great writing, but not a fan of it.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic, but... I know this is a classic piece of children's literature, and I enjoy a lot of those. I also know that it is well written and carries important themes - which is why it got 3 stars from me. I've flip flopped between 2 and 3 stars, because the overall feel of the book - which in my opinion, is giving everything one has to someone who is more selfish than you are, and doesn't really appreciate the ultimate sacrifice - is disillusioning and disappointing.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Simply one of the best books ever written. It's a story about growing up, life, love, and pulling your head out of your butt long enough to appreciate and respect what you already have, before it's too late. If you spend your whole life trying to make other people happy, YOU'LL never be happy.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS STORY IS BEAUTIFUL This was the very first book I learned how to read. It is beautiful and even if you don't discover a moral to the story, the narrative on its own is just beautiful.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have Book This is a heartfelt read for all ages. This was read to me as a kid in elementary school but honestly, I know adults will enjoy the story and illustrations even more than kids will. Absolute must have for any teachers, parents, or fans of a good story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful A wonderful children's book with a great message, gently told.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless A great message for all ages young and old
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) Just go read it! Whether your 3 years old (maybe get some help reading) or 35. I loved this book and yes it is a children's book but parents will love it too.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Everything about the nature of this book I loved. The story was very insightful, and it's not until you get to the end where everything makes sense. Beautiful story.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EMOTIONS Great book if you want to CRY FOR DAYS. Seriously, I can't even think about this book without losing it. This is like the kids book version of a Hallmark commercial. It's a really great read and touching message and I would recommend it but I just hope you can handle ALL THE FEELS.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Oldie but a Goodie Man, I remember when I was in elementary school when I was first introduced this gem. I absolutely loved this book and thought it was very thought-provoking and had a beautiful message. It's one of those books where it's simple to read but conveys a subtle yet powerful message and kind of leaves you thinking at the end. I definitely recommend this book to individuals of of all ages. Read it with your kids, lover, friends and family. It's a must.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs to read this It has an important message about generosity and friendship. This is a classic children's book that needs to be read by everyone.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for all ages! A thought provoking book that kids will like and adults will understand a much deeper meaning.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There once was boy... I honestly misunderstood the meaning of this book for years until discussing it with a friend last year, but it's fantastic, heartbreaking story. Still don't like the man whom the boy became.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I read this as a child and loved it. Now that I'm an adult, I love it just as much. It made me sad and hopeful at the same time.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic A childhood classic. Poignant story about sacrifice and unconditional love. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming This touching story about unconditional love is a masterpiece.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating My child has loved this book since he was 2 years old. We would read it over and over again. We love this story.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story A wonderful story to help teach kids about empathy, the much more.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Valuable Lesson This book teaches children a valuable lesson in simple words. It's a beautiful story to share with both young and old.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Realistic Reading this book is a good way for children to learn how valuable trees are to humans.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Heartwarming with a beautiful message.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story My son and I read this book and we loved it. It is a beautiful and heartbreaking story about a tree's unconditional and sacrificial love for a boy.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book Tied with The Velveteen Rabbit and The Selfish Giant as my favourite book ever.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from winner There is nothing much to add that hasn't already been said - it is a classic. I used to read Shel Silverstein to my my children and I am glad to carry on the tradition with my grandchildren.
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book I read this book over and over again in one night! Such a heart warming book.
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beauty I was so glad that I bought this book to add to my Shel Silverstein collection:)
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic When I taught primary grades, I made a point of reading this gem every year to the children. When I became a parent, I bought a copy and read it to them. And now we have grandkids old enough to appreciate it, so I bought copies this year. It is a classic tale of unconditional love.  
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book, this one's a keeper This is a book that you will want to keep long after your little one has grown up.
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching My dad used to read us this book when we were little. I loved this book then, and I still love it now. Its such a touching story that every child should read.
Date published: 2010-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant While it is just a short, little childrens' book that can be read in five minutes, it's one of the sweetest books you can read. I first read it in a bookstore at the urging of a friend. It brought tears to my eyes, right there in the store. I had to buy it, even though my daughter was still a baby and we were quite poor. On the surface, the book appears to be about the relationship of a boy and an apple tree (which is referred to with a feminine pronoun). The boy loves the tree and the tree loves the boy. As the boy grows up, the tree always meets his needs, offering herself willingly because of her love for the boy. As for the deeper meaning, it has been the subject of debate. I think it demonstrates the sacrificial love of parents toward their children. Although you could argue that the boy seems to be selfish and unappreciative of all the tree gives him, that is the nature of children. It's also normal for parents to want to provide for their children. It is a poignant, sweet story. I don't regret buying it.
Date published: 2008-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've loved this book since I was a little girl. Since the day my grade two teacher first read The Giving Tree to my class, I have been in love with the story. As an adult I realize that the messages it sends to readers, young and old, to live and love, and never stop being a kid, is clear and very important. I always wondered whether or not the tree was right in giving the boy everything he needed, and whether or not it was right to want so much from the tree. Either the way, the sadness at the end is real and teaches children to appreciate what they have because you never know if it may be taken away. I also love how Silverstein illustrates the different stages in life; very real and very effective. I will always enjoy this read; for myself, my students and my own children one day.
Date published: 2007-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What's in a name? I just don't get it. This is a story of a man's life from boyhood to old age and the life of a glorious tree to its final destiny as a stump - the gift of itself to the man. Both grow and diminsh with the boy only taking and the tree only giving. As this is written in a simple format, I would imagine many a child has heard this story. I think this parable is one that is too complex for a young mind to understand. The Giving Tree does not teach us anything about giving - and that is not something I want to teach to any child.
Date published: 2006-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Beautiful Chldren's story ever GET THIS BOOK!!!
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from the giving tree There was a little boy and a tree. The little boy loved the tree. He would swing in the tree's branches and sleep in the tree's shade. Sometimes he would eat apples off the tree, but as time passed, he grew older and older. When he was a teenager he asked the tree to give him money, the tree said "I can't give you money but I can give you apples to sell". He got older and older and he asked for more things, when he was old the tree said "I can't give you anything else because I have already given you everything I have she said sadly. The boy said "that's okay because I only need a quiet place to sit. "Well then", said the tree straightening herself up ''you may sit on me
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A happy kind of sad This book is so amazing in it's morals, and just the overall idea behind it. I find this book hard to read without wanting to cry at the tree's pain. It's a great read for kids and adults alike!
Date published: 2006-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book. This is a wonderful book, that should not be overlooked. Its message is wonderful and moving, and a great book for children. I can't say enough of the message in which this book puts forth.
Date published: 2005-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing It is incredible the strength of the mind of a child. I walked into Chapters the other day, and I glanced at the book on the shelf...I hadn't read it since I was a child...and it brought a sense of awe, I couldn't even remember why, until I read it again. I truly love this author.
Date published: 2002-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPERB! I rated this book 5/5 because it teaches your kid(s) a lesson. This story is about a little boy who always wants something and his friend the tree always gives him all he has (even if it isnt the best)he would do anything to make that little boy happy. The boy always got his way and the tree felt good about himslef because he made someone else happy and that was all that mattered to the tree. When the boy was an elder man.......... WEll I cant go on much longer how about this super book, you read it yourself, it is a great book and my whole class agrees with me.If you do get this book when you finish reading it to your child ask him/her what did you learn? or What was this story about? if they dont understand explain it to them in easy words so they can understand better. This is a great book!
Date published: 2002-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giving Tree Oh... what a lovely book. I'm a student teacher and I was in a classroom where the teacher read the book aloud to the children, and I almost broke down in tears! What a touching book. I was so touched that I went out and bought a copy to give to my parents. They are my Giving Tree.
Date published: 2001-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from depth and simplicity Shel Silverstein manages to capture the soul of sacrifice in an increadibly simple portrayal of the relationship between a boy and his tree. The book explores the depth of human selfishness, and the selfless sacrifice of Christ. This is a powerful story of sacrifice spurred by love.
Date published: 2001-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suitable for All I was amazed by the power of this book. It's simple wordings and clean pictures can reach the heart of every reader, young or old.It brings out different feelings from readers of different age and life experience.My six years old girl enjoyed this picture book over and over again but I am the one who burst into tears when I went through the pages....and I am not the only one!
Date published: 2001-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This was one of those books that pulls on the heart strings. I once again gives us a simple yet important lesson in live. I thought it was real cute. A definite quick but needed read
Date published: 2000-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book for Sharing I have used this book in the classroom with various ages, and find it extremely helpful in getting across the message of sharing. Its a powerful book, and has great hidden meanings that can be explored and discussed as a class.
Date published: 2000-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaning For All This book was first read to me when I was only 4 years old. My mother had taken it out for me from the local library. I absolutly loved it and still do 16 years later. It gives a message to people of all ages that should be cherished.
Date published: 2000-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The giving tree There's nothing like it. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Date published: 1999-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple elegance A simple, yet complete representation of unconditional love. Like the love a father has for his child.
Date published: 1999-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book!!! The Giving Tree is the sweetest book i have ever read.
Date published: 1999-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giving Tree Ecxellent. Forces you to examine the relationships that you depend on but take for granted.
Date published: 1999-05-14

Editorial Reviews

“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.”