Number 8 on my list of top ten therapeutic picture story books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. This is a story of a tree that gives its life for a boy turned self-centered young man. It’s been interpreted along environmentalist and religious lines, but all can agree on the beauty of its underlying theme of generosity.
The Giving Tree was published 1964,
Shel Silverstein wrote 12 books, although many of his poems have been compiled into published collections.
Silverstein’s works have sold more than 20 million copies and have been translated into more than 30 languages.
His first children’s book, “Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back,” was published in 1963.
Writing was only one of his talents; he was also an accomplished songwriter who won a Grammy in 1970 for his song “A Boy Named Sue;” his song “I’m Checking Out,” which appeared on the soundtrack for the movie “Postcards From the Edge.”
Although Silverstein withdrew from writing and releasing books throughout the 1980s, he made a comeback with his 1996 release of “Falling Up.”
Shel Silverstein died of a heart attack in 1999 at the age of 68.