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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (1974)

by Shel Silverstein

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A large book of poetry for children with charming illustrations
  Robinjhud | Jul 24, 2015 |
Summary- A large book of poetry for children with charming illustrations

Personal Reaction- I enjoyed the poems in this book more than other Shel Silverstein books.

Extension- Have children choose a favorite poem and have them make an illustration
  SuzieB1972 | Jul 22, 2015 |
This compilation of poetry is one of many Silverstein poetry books. This book contains many poems, many of which are filled with light and attitudes that children would enjoy.

Personal Reflection: Shel Silverstein has a mind for writing for children. I am not really a fan of any poetry but some of the writings really capture the essence of childhood. Most of the poems rhyme which makes the stanzas easier for children to recite.

Extensions: Have students write and illustrate their own poems.
  M_Graham | Jul 13, 2015 |
Special Features:
*Short, humorous poems
*Ironic Humor
*Interesting, sometimes edgy illustrations
*Rhyme schemes, literary devices

Ways I might use this book:
*Teach rhyme schemes/literary devices
*Writing Prompts - turn poems into stories
*Use "The Invitation" to encourage students try try
*Introduce students to poetry, especially reluctant readers ( )
  tawnyao | Jul 13, 2015 |
I hadn't, not ever, read this book before.
I read it so to see what it had in store.
Instantly I found poetry I adore.
It was far and away not close to a bore.
Neither choreworthy, nor a snoozable snore.
It was sizable but left me wanting more.
Playfulness lies deep in the heart of its core.
The wordplay was something into which I tore.
High up, this ranks on imaginative score.
Wonderful, this entry in Silverstein lore.
Enriching this was, because I had been poor.
Having never, not ever, read this before. ( )
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
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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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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!

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.
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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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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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