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The Giving Tree

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


As The Giving Tree turns fifty, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in ebook format. This digital edition allows young readers and lifelong fans to continue the legacy and love of a household classic that will now reach an even wider audience. Never before have Shel Silverstein's children's books appeared in a format other than hardcover.

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!

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 07, 1970 – The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein's classic parable of selfless love and devotion originally published in 1964, is now available in a larger-size edition.


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Customer Reviews

The Giving Tree

This story about a tree has affected my life more than I could have possibly imagined. I was read this story as a child many time, and thought it was cool. But only because this boy had made a lifelong friend, and they were both happy. But I recently came back and reread this book as an adult. I can't say how much it moved me. It shows how much you can love someone, almost to the point of decimating yourself, and still see what that person is doing to you. But it also teaches a lesson that people can change, as the boy does.
Sometimes I wonder if the tree is the most human character in the story. I would like to think so.


I could never find this book anywhere after always reading my friend's copy as a kid. I read that it was banned? I pre-ordered this copy so I can read it again. It means so much to me. Always has been my favorite, always.

The Giving Tree

Still my favorite childhood book. Thanks for bringing it to iTunes. Now my daughter can read it!

The Giving Tree
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades P-3
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Classics
  • Published: Feb 18, 2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 30 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 3.0
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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