"Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy": Rare Original drawing of the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Giving Tree Original Signed Drawing.
Item Number: 90754
New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.
Rare original drawing of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Signed by the author below the illustration of the tree featured in the 1964 best-selling children’s book, The Giving Tree. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 11.75 inches.
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).