The Giving Tree

by Silverstein, Shel

Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree is a children’s picture book that tells the life stories of a female apple tree and a boy who are able to communicate with each other. In very few words with minimalist drawings, Silverstein’s popular parable explores not only the gift of giving, but also one’s capacity to love.   The Giving Tree received much recognition and praise, making lists such as “Top 100 Picture Books” by School Library Journal, “100 Greatest Books for Kids” by Parent & Child magazine, and “Best Children’s Books” by Goodreads as well as ranking 14th on the "All-Time Bestselling Children's Books” by Publishers Weekly. It has been translated into more than 30 languages.

First Edition Identification and Notes

With only 5,000-7,000 copies, the first edition of The Giving Tree was published by Harper & Row in 1964. The dust jacket on first editions list the original price of $2.50.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

Harper Collins published a 50th Anniversary hardcover edition of The Giving Tree in 2014. This edition features a metallic green jacket and a gold anniversary sticker on the cover.

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The Giving Tree

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1964
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1964
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New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964. 1st Edition Clamshell Collector's Case. No Binding. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964. 1st Edition Clamshell Collector's Case. No Binding. Custom Clamshell Case. No Binding. First Edition Clamshell Case. Superb Custom Fitted Modern Collector's Clamshell Bookcase.....
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The Giving Tree

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1964
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1964
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The Giving Tree [Pictorial Children's Reader, Learning to Read, Skill building]

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1964
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1964
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1964
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1964
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1992
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1964
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The Giving Tree [Pictorial Children's Reader, Learning to Read, Skill building]

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THE GIVING TREE

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1992
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THE GIVING TREE

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1964
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GIVING TREE

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1964-01-01
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1964
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The Giving Tree (Japanese Edition)

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1964
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1964
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1992.
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