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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (original 1974; edition 1974)

by Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)

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Member:DonnaKLewis
Title:Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
Authors:Shel Silverstein
Other authors:Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1974), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 176 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Poetry, humor, classic

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Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (1974)

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This book by Shell Silverstein is a book full of humorous poems and drawings. Each poem has a moral at the end

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I really love all of the poems in "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shell Silverstein. It is such a fun book, and not just for little kids, but for grown-ups as well. The love that fact that there are morals at the end of each poem. It gives the poems more meaning than a poem without a lesson learned or meaning at the end. ( )
  mnorth2 | Dec 9, 2014 |
Shel Silverstein does it again with another great collection of poems and drawings. There are poems to teach you lessons, and to make you giggle. There are fantastic illustrations to elaborate on the poems as well. Great for poetry units in school, best for anyone aged 5 and up!
  nphernetton | Dec 6, 2014 |
Where the Sidewalk Ends is a fantastic book that is a wonderful introduction to poetry. Silly and engaging, this will keep young readers interested and wanting more, especially when read by an adult. Readers will return again and again just to keep laughing. ( )
  jmitra1 | Dec 3, 2014 |
Shel Silverstein's beloved classic, Where the Sidewalk Ends, will surely entertain for generations to come. Most of Silverstein's poems address childhood concerns in a silly way.
  EmKel753 | Dec 2, 2014 |
This book is an amazing example of great children's poetry, I absolutely loved it. The overarching theme is comedy, and he truly gets the reader enthralled with his work. The drawings go right along with the funny, outrageous words, and it is a great way to get students to love poetry instead of dreading it. Each poem has a different story to tell, but overall the writing is engaging, and the characters are well-developed. Some poems push the reader to think deeper, but mostly they are for fun, although higher level thinking takes place to decode the meaning behind all the words. ( )
  tburfe1 | Dec 2, 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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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.
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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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