In an age of globalisation and industrialisation, ‘The Giving Tree’ is a book that in beautiful words tells about the relationship of selfless love between a boy and an apple tree.
The book also has evocative illustrations made by Shel Silverstein himself, which displays the story between a female apple tree and a boy. Throughout the boy’s life, the apple tree provides fruits to the boy who, upon growing up, realises that there is more to the tree than just the fruits. And, on having grown up, he demanded more and more from the tree, which the tree politely obliged always.
In a moving tale, Silverstein elaborates a tender story of love, warmth and consolation that borders on sadness. It is a moving parable for the readers of all ages, which offers a beautiful interpretation of the joy of giving along with a serene acceptance of nothing but love in return.
Published on December 2, 2010, this book is available in hardcover.
About the author:
A famous author of children’s literature, Shel Silverstein is a man of many hats; apart from being an author, he is also a screenwriter, cartoonist, songwriter, singer and a poet. He used to write under the pseudonym of Uncle Shabby and has written lots of books, including Falling Up, The Missing Piece and Where the Sidewalk Ends.
He had been an recipient of the Grammy Awards for his song, ‘A Boy Named Sue’ and was also nominated for Golden Globe and Oscars for the song, ‘I’m Chekin’ Out’. Silverstein, born in USA in 1930, died in 1999.