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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (1974)

by Shel Silverstein

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Like the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, the humor is actually much more appealing to adults. Children will be amused and entertained and often times grow up loving this book, but re-read it as an adult if you haven't. Read it to your kids, neices, nephews, friends kids, little brothers or sisters if you need an excuse. I am getting it for my sister for her baby shower... a must for any child's library! That, and the fact that my sister IS Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout!! ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
In many places, the verse models meanness. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
A collection of hilarious and quietly affecting poems from Shel Silverstein.

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This is the perfect book to introduce children to the world of poetry. The poems range from silly riddles about a girl who eats a whale to the boy who turns into a TV set. I enjoy how younger audiences can enjoy Silverstein's humor and wit. Additionally, the illustrations beautifully match each poem, allowing the reader to dive right into the imagery and sensory details in these poems.

I would recommend this book to readers of all ages. It is simple enough for children to enjoy, but complex enough that adults can enjoy the underlying themes and messages in each poem.

Where The Sidewalk Ends
Author: Shel Silverstein
Illustrator: Shel Silverstein
Copyright 2014
HarperCollins

This poetry book is suitable for grades 3-5.
Genre: Fiction - Poetry ( )
  treed9 | Apr 8, 2019 |
Shel silverstein writes really funny poems. This is great as a guided reading because it can teach cadence when it comes to poetry and reading poetry. It also shows that not all poems need to rhyme or be something serious. It can help unleash a student's creativity. ( )
  aegebr1 | Apr 7, 2019 |
Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is a collection of poems for kids. This is a classic book that I enjoyed now and as a kid. This book includes drawings by the author that add to the poems and give a visual. This book also includes many descriptive words or phrases to go along like "the sun burns crimson bright". Overall this poetry book tells stories of many different characters that all kids can enjoy. ( )
  kaitlynforney | Mar 27, 2019 |
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There's some nice, lively stuff in here, good for reading aloud on a sleety weekend afternoon. Just don't make it the only book of verse on the children's shelves.
 
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For Ursula..
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"Invitation"
If you are a dreamer, come in,

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...

If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire

For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.

Come in!

Come in!
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“HUG O’ WAR”

I will not play at tug o’ war.

I’d rather play at hug o’ war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs,

Where everyone giggles

And rolls on the rug,

Where everyone kisses,

And everyone grins,

And everyone cuddles,

And everyone wins.
“Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child/ Listen to the DON’TS/ Listen to the SHOULDN’TS/ The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS/ Listen to the NEVER HAVES/ Then listen close to me —/ Anything can happen, child/ ANYTHING can be.”
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I think these are great poems that stand the length of time. What really stands out about Shel Silverstein is that his work is not just for children. His work has a place in probably 3rd grade on up. They are silly and funny which make children really want to listen. This is good poetry to start introducing this type of literature to children. The deeper meaning of these poems can also be discussed analyzed by older children.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060256672, Hardcover)

Shel Silverstein shook the staid world of children's poetry in 1974 with the publication of this collection, and things haven't been the same since. More than four and a half million copies of Where the Sidewalk Ends have been sold, making it the bestselling children's poetry book ever. With this and his other poetry collections (A Light in the Attic and Falling Up), Silverstein reveals his genius for reaching kids with silly words and simple pen-and-ink drawings. What child can resist a poem called "Dancing Pants" or "The Dirtiest Man in the World"? Each of the 130 poems is funny in a different way, or touching ... or both. Some approach naughtiness or are a bit disgusting to squeamish grown-ups, but that's exactly what kids like best about Silverstein's work. Jim Trelease, author of The New Read-Aloud Handbook, calls this book "without question, the best-loved collection of poetry for children." (Ages 4 to 10)

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A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.

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