The Giving Tree.

"Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy": The Giving Tree; Signed by Shel Silverstein with a Drawing

The Giving Tree.



Item Number: 144497

New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.

Later printing of this classic work. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by Shel Silverstein with an original drawing on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

One of the most widely interpreted and best-selling children's books of all time, The Giving Tree has sold over ten million copies since its first appearance in 1964. The book has been described as "one of the most divisive books in children's literature" for the various interpretations inspired by the relationship between the selfless female giving tree and the human boy who benefits from her gifts as he grows through adulthood into old age. Throughout the picture book, the boy benefits at all stages of life from the tree's gifts with little regard for the tree's well-being in return. This relationship has been interpreted as a representation of the relationship between man and nature, mother and child, and as the "Christian ideal of unconditional love" (Leonard, 2005).

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