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Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings (original 1974; edition 2004)

by Shel Silverstein

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Title:Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings
Authors:Shel Silverstein
Info:HarperCollins (2004), Edition: 30 Anv, Hardcover, 192 pages
Collections:Your library, Children and Youth
Tags:children's fiction, poetry, collection

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Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (1974)

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These poems are funny, imaginative, heart-breaking and quirky. There are a wide variety of characters, and a little something for everyone! These poems were published in 1974 and have been a classic since. Everyone has a favorite (or a few) in this collection.
  gfurth | Jun 11, 2014 |
Summary: This book cannot be summarized because there are so many poems. I thought I would share my favorite instead:

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!
Genre: poetry
Review: These poems fed the childhood of so many people!
They all teach such great concepts like sharing and being friendly. It would be good to read one everyday in the classroom and then ask the kids what it is saying.
  mroque | Jun 9, 2014 |
I have always loved Shel Silverstein. I remember reading his poetry in elementary school. One thing I really appreciate about this book, and all of Silverstein's books, is the way he commonly situates the words to compliment the poem's image. For instance, in his poem "Lazy Jane," the image is of a girl (Jane) laying flat on her back, and the words of the poem are stacked on top of one another, lined up with her mouth. The poem states that she's thirsty, so instead of getting up and getting a glass of water, she waits for it to rain. The imagery, and the word situation, is very relevant to the story the poem is telling, and I love that! I also think children catch on to things like that, and it helps to engage them in the story the poem is telling!
  ErinnnPratt | Jun 8, 2014 |
I love the mischief and the imagination of these poems. The illustrations are in black and white but full of character because they are somewhat cartoonish.
  vanessa.wallace | Jun 6, 2014 |
Where the sidewalk ends is a collection of poetry with a silly sense of humor. The poetry is generally short and includes detailed black and white pictures to supplement each poem. The poetry itself is about everything from not taking trash out to going to the dentist.
  Shoshanabrmsn | Jun 5, 2014 |
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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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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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