Shel Silverstein 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.
Here is a 1973 animated adaptation of The Giving Tree, read by Silverstein himself.
All the leaves on the Giving Tree have fallen
No shade to crawl in underneath
I got scars from a pocket knife
Where you carved your heart into me