Some people remember The Giving Tree about the strength of unconditional love. To others, it's a heartbreaking tale that's messed up during story time. The Giving Tree is a children's classic that helped make Shel Silverstein a household name-even if it took him to a while to get there.
1.  Shel Silverstein had only sold one of his children's books Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back -when he went about finding a publisher for The Giving Tree . The book's somber themes made it a hard sell. One editor at Simon & Schuster described it as "too sad" for kids and "too simple" for adults, while another editor called the titular tree "sick" and "neurotic." Other publishers were moved by the story, which follows the relationship it is too risky for the genre. Harper Children's, when editor Ursula Nordstrom recognized its potential.
2. The Giving Tree What a Surprise Success.
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The Giving Tree centers on the relationship between a tree and a boy during the stages of his life-from his childhood to his elderly years. In each stage, the boy provides whatever he needs, lastly giving him a stump to sit on the tree has nothing else to give. The Giving Tree What a hit with Protestant ministers, who applied Christian themes to the book. Happy to receive nothing in return. Other interpretations compare the relationship between the tree and the boy to those between a mother and a child, two aging friends, and Mother Nature and humanity.
The author's photo is infamous.
The author's photograph The Giving Tree -depicting a bearded, bald-headed Silverstein glaring at the camera-has gained a reputation of its own. A Chicago Tribune The Dreaded Menacing Teeth Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw Silverstein's photo to terrorize his son into staying in bed.
5. The Giving Tree is not Shel Silverstein's favorite work.
The Giving Tree may be among Silverstein's most successful and recognizable works, but when asked what his favorite pieces of his writing were in a 1975 Publisher's Weekly interview, he left it off the list. "I like Uncle Shelby's ABZ A Giraffe and a Half and Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back -I think I like that one the most," the author said, "I'm not happy with the book that helped launch my career." 't think it was. "
The Silver Tree dedicated The Giving Tree to an ex-girlfriend.
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Silverstein hated happy endings.
In case The Giving Tree does not make it clear enough, Silverstein stated in an 1978 Hey told The New York Times Book Review he he believed cheery conclusions "create an alienation" in young readers urther, saying "The child asks why I do not have this happiness thing about you, and comes to think when he stops his joy that he has failed." The Giving Tree features what is perhaps Silverstein's best-known sad ending, if not one of the most infamous endings in children's literature.