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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New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964. First edition with all the first issue points to both the book and dust jacket. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "For Betsey- With Love Shel Silverstein." Very good in a very good price-clipped first-issue dust jacket with the full torso picture of Shel… Read more
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1964
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Harper & Row Publishers, 1964 First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with NO ISBN number on the copyright page and with four lines of copyright information. An attractive dustjacket with light wear to the edges and front panel. This First issue dustjacket has the publisher's $2.50 printed price present on the front flap of the dustjacket.… Read more
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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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New York, Evanston, and London : Harper & Row, Publishers , 1964. Circa 1970 early printing; unstated. Isbn no. at copyright page. Large 7" x 9" design. Green pictorial boards matching original wrapper design, light wear. Pages near fine, clean. Vintage name at half-title page. Illustrated throughout story by Silverstein with his… Read more
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The Giving Tree

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1964
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7 1/4 by 9 by 1/2
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1999
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1964
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1964
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THE GIVING TREE

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1964
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1964
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2003
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Later Printing, No Edition Stated: New York: Harper and Row, 1964 Cover is light green with dark green tree and apple falling to the ground. Quality Hardback : hard cover edition in Very Good condition, some slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book; and in a Good Dust Jacket with some egdewear. Excellent read. A… Read more
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1964
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New York: Harper & Row. 1964. Hardcover. 0060256656 . Near Fine in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Light soiling on bottom of front panel. ; 10.1 X 7.8 X 0.6 inches; 57 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .
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Giving Tree (Korean Edition)

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The Giving Tree

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1964
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9780060256654
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The Giving Tree 40th Anniversary Edition Book with CD

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THE GIVING TREE

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2014
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9780060256654
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Giving Tree

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The Giving Tree

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The FW Collections
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1964
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9780060256654
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The Giving Tree (Japanese Edition)

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2010-09-01
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9784751525401
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1964
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1992.
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1999
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2003-01-01
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The Giving Tree: 40th Anniversary

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2004
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1964
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1999-10-20
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35th anniversary
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2004
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The Giving Tree

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1964
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2014
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1992
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