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Trivia / The Giving Tree

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  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Hands down, this book is considered Shel Silverstein's best known work. However, Silverstein openly admitted during his life that The Giving Tree was not his favorite of his books.
  • In recent years, the second part of the story was rewritten to give both sides a better ending. The tree put its foot down upon the boy's demand for a house, reminding him that their friendship was supposed to be a two-way street. The boy feels guilty for only using the tree for his own needs, and the two study together and form their own business selling apple pies. Thus the tree is able to live and befriend the boy's kids and later his grandkids for many years to come, and is happy.