I have fond memories of Shel Silverstein stories being read to me, from pages alive with his trademark, squiggly illustrations. My favourite was The Giving Tree: the tale of a tree who gives, and gives to a boy – apples, branches, his trunk…until all that is left is a stump to sit upon. I based my illustration on the already familiar tree Silverstein drew, and tied in typography to express the idea of giving away parts of oneself.

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