Look O Look I see a book A book that gleamsA book that screams Delightful thingsBy Shel SilversteinPoems and drawingsThat are not boringThey speak to me Like a tapestryOf childhood joysFor girls and boys Not just for kidsAdults will digThe funny rhymesof forgotten timesWhen they were youngAnd life was funSo turn the page Forget your age When the book ends You can start againAnd follow the bendWhere the sidewalk ends Where the Sidewalk Ends The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein Where the Sidewalk Ends is a 1974 children s poetry collection written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein It was published by Harper and Row Publishers The book s poems address many common childhood concerns and also present purely fanciful stories Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its Teachers Top 100 Books for Children 2009 1378 184 9649225730 1379 1380 1382 1387 9789649225739 1388 1392 1384 9647822219 20 1930 1999. Book Review4 of 5 stars to Where the Sidewalk Ends, a collection of poetry published in 1974 by Shel Silverstein What a wonderful book to read with children at any age that is, both any age for the reader and the children I first read this book when I was about 10 years old, and then again in college From the brilliant characters to the alliteration and rhyme, to the memorable lines and funny situations, it s one of those books where you will find something new each time you read it.I cannot imagine being this creative I can dream up stories about real people and situations and have written several, but to have an imagination where animals and things can talk, have emotions, interact in peculiar ways to find the words to compare and contrast to describe and draw precious creations is true talent I admire Silverstein s massive fantasy world of freedom He was so unconstrained in his ability to develop a world with just enough charm and beauty to win us all over It s a book all about perception, but without taking the didactic and pedantic approach.Children see things differently than adults Adults have limits Children have experiences But what happens on the other side where something is too far to see, or too close to imagine Who lives in the crack between cement blocks The world of freedom does and that s where Silverstein wants us to go, where we are all equal, without preconceived notions to be able to explore as if we are seeing something for the first time and connecting with everyone around us That s how to motivate readers with this book children learning to see than what they actually see.I could go on and on but I ll stop It s just a wonderful way to learn FYI Wrote this review 2017 from memory as I want to have a review for everything I remember reading If I messed it up, let me know LOLAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators. I found a beautiful 40th anniversary edition of this at Costco and just had to pick it up SUCH A GREAT BOOK THROWBACK TO CHILDHOOD WADDUP This collection of children s poems from Shel Silverstein is a real treat Each of the creatures and characters is fascinating and never overly moralistically drawn There are lots of laughs here both my kids adored these poems and were sad when I turned the last page More they cried. There s a polar bear in the fridgedare he likes it cuz its cold in there I wrote a report on this in the 6th grade and I still remember that by heart That was the year I got braces and Chris N butted in line when we were coming in from recess and I grabbed his arm and said No Butting and he turned around and punched me in the face The braces smashed into my lip and it bled so bad I went to the bathroom with a girlfriend I can t remember her any isn t that strange and she tried to help me clean up and then the bell rang and she went back to class and I had to walk in to class with my bloody face My teacher looked at me and I was trying to skulk so quietly in and he said Who did that to you and I said Chris N and he grabbed him by the shirt and lifted him off the ground and slammed him into the wall He said something like You don t hit girls and took him to the principles office The funny thing That weekend I got chicken pox the second time and when I got back they gave me two weeks detention for getting in a fight I am so not shitting you And when I went to detention they made me sit in the hall by myself rather than sitting in detention with all the assholes who got busted for real shit Man I have had the most fucked up life Huh Oh this book rocks Read it Read it to your kids Read it to people you love And always remember that there IS a polar bear in the frigidare I live in Minnesota so that really means something. Every child eventually discovers the perverted old man who wrote songs for Johnny Cash, did illustrations for Playboy, appeared on the Dr Demento show numerous times, and managed to get a few books published along the way For some reason, parents never seem to think this creepy old guy who was so fond of children was in any way disturbing, something I m continually impressed with in the ban now, ask questions later climate of modern culture If there are people who don t like Shel Silverstein, I don t want to meet them Or, to the point, you shouldn t meet them if that is an option Children need to experience this kind of creepy weird funny sad stuff, not just for their own sake, but for the sake of having a conduit through which they can make sense of most of the rest of the world Knowing that Shel sees things this way, too, makes it all easier to take, and makes your own oddness that much tolerable We, as humans, need to come to terms with inexplicable and unfathomable in the world, and it wasn t until Shel that we began to realize that the only way to gently help our children do just that, is to let a perverted old weirdo with a large stack of Playboys in his basement lead the way. I am crap at reciting from books Sure, I know your super famous opening lines and popular misquotations, but I don t really, like, pause in my reading to note a particularly nice turn of phrase so I can commit it to memory.Which is odd, because I have always had a pretty good memory for the spoken word and, especially, lyrics When I was little, my parents found this most amusing They would hear me playing in my bedroom, singing random snatches of commercial jingles and songs from A Prairie Home Companion to myself Then they would try to make me perform them for guests Sing the song from the Garrison Keillor tape they would say No, I would respond, suddenly shy Come on, sing it they d smile He s being shy, he usually sings this all day No, I don t want to, I d insist Come on, Joel, sing the song from the tape NOOOOO I would shout, now in tears SING IT OR YOU RE IN TROUBLE One of the things they would force me to perform like a trained monkey I liked to recite best was Shel Silverstein poetry I had a cassette tape of Where the Sidewalk Ends read by the author that I listened to over and over, to the point where I had all the timing and inflections down and everything I still have them memorized.The Crocodile s ToothacheOh, the crocodile went to the dentistand he sat down into the chair.And the dentist said, jovially Now tell me sir, why does it hurt and where And the crocodile said, I ll tell you the truth, I ve a terribleterribleache in my tooth And he opened his jaws so wide,so wide,the dentist he climbed right inside And the dentist laughed, gleefully Oh, isn t this fun as he pulled the teeth out onebyone.And the crocodile cried, frantic You re hurting me so Please put down your pliers and let me go But the dentist just laughed with a deep voice Ho ho ho and said, I still have 12 to go Oops, that s the wrong one, I confessbut what s one crocodile tooth or less And then suddenlythe jaws went snap pause And the dentist was gone,right off the map.From north, pause to south, pause to east, pause to west, pause he leftnofor ward ing address.But long pause what s one dentist, or less FROM MEMORY It is better if you can hear it Come by sometime and maybe my parents will force me to perform for you like some kind of sideshow robot freak Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge Day 7 Book that you can quote recite. I will not play at tug o war.I d rather play at hug o war,Where everyone hugsInstead of tugs,Where everyone gigglesAnd rolls on the rug,Where everyone kisses,And everyone grins,And everyone cuddles,And everyone wins. Where The Sidewalk Ends Turns Forty Celebrate With This Anniversary Edition That Features An Eye Catching Commemorative Red Sticker This Classic Poetry Collection, Which Is Both Outrageously Funny And Profound, Has Been The Most Beloved Of Shel Silverstein S Poetry Books For GenerationsWhere The Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein S World Begins There You Ll Meet A Boy Who Turns Into A TV Set And A Girl Who Eats A Whale The Unicorn And The Bloath Live There, And So Does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Who Will Not Take The Garbage Out It Is A Place Where You Wash Your Shadow And Plant Diamond Gardens, A Place Where Shoes Fly, Sisters Are Auctioned Off, And Crocodiles Go To The DentistShel Silverstein S Masterful Collection Of Poems And Drawings Is One Of Parent Child Magazine S Greatest Books For Kids School Library Journal Said, Silverstein Has An Excellent Sense Of Rhythm And Rhyme And A Good Ear For Alliteration And Assonance That Make These Poems A Pleasure To Read Aloud Shel Silverstein S Incomparable Career As A Children S Book Author And Illustrator Began With Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back In , Shel S Creativity Continued To Flourish As Four Books Were Published In The Same Year Don T Bump The Glump , A Giraffe And A Half, Who Wants A Cheap Rhinoceros , And The Beloved Classic The Giving Tree Later He Continued To Build His Remarkable Body Of Work With Where The Sidewalk Ends, A Light In The Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets The Big O, And Runny Babbit
Shel Silverstein was the author artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy winning, Oscar nominated songwriter.
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- Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein
- Shel Silverstein
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