An Animated Adaptation of “The Giving Tree,” Narrated by Shel Silverstein Himself
Never-before-seen treats from the beloved children’s author, and a rare chance to hear his spoken voice.
By Maria Popova
Shel Silverstein (September 25, 1930–May 10, 1999) is one of the most beloved children’s authors and illustrators of our time, his masterpiece The Giving Tree one of those rare gems of children’s literature with timeless philosophy for grown-ups.
Every Thing On It (public library) is a lovely posthumous collection of 137 never-before-seen poems and drawings, only the second such anthology published since Silverstein’s death.
A spider lives inside my head
Who weaves a strange and wondrous web
Of silken threads and silver strings
To catch all sorts of flying things,
Like crumbs of thought and bits of smiles
And specks of dried-up tears,
And dust of dreams that catch and cling
For years and years and years…
To celebrate the release, here is a 1973 animated adaptation of The Giving Tree, read by Silverstein himself — a priceless memento of one of our era’s most wholehearted creators.
via Open Culture
Published September 20, 2011