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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: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein (1974)

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Shel Silverstein's, Where the Sidewalk Ends, is a great collection of quirky and hilarious children's poems that have been entertaining many for years. You will encounter Acrobats who swing by their ankles and cling to knees, and guy who dreams of holiday foods.A Boa Constrictor who "eats" people that do not like it one bit, and a girl who eats a whale. Columbus who said the world was round and Miss. Sarah Cynthia Sylvia who refuses to take the garbage out. It is a book full of poems that will let your imagination run wild and enjoy the finer things in life. It also serves as a great tool for teachers when it comes to teaching students poetry and the different forms it can take on. Lastly, with multiple poems that have a jingle, teachers can also read to students so that they can grasp a better understanding of rhyme. I have always loved this collection of poems along with Silverstein's other great poetry collections such as, Falling up and A Light in the Attic. ( )
  mkb027 | Sep 26, 2016 |
I absolutely love this poetry book. It has an amazing variety of poems for all types of readers. Some are funny, some are serious, and some are even sad. No matter what you are looking for, there is a poem in this book for you. ( )
  zt138 | Sep 26, 2016 |
This book is full of many different fun and interesting poems that any age reader will enjoy. The poems are all different, but keep the reader entertained with the amusing pictures that goes along with each poem. The poems range from long, to short, to rhyming, or just making different types of noises. Th readers will have fun reading at any age, I know I definitely did. ( )
  Mpw115 | Sep 26, 2016 |
Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein, is an amazing poetry book. The book is comprised of many different poems with completely random titles and funny stories. This is the perfect book to introduce figurative language with in the classroom and I will have a copy of all of Silverstein's books. There are poems that students could relate to or even just think it was funny. Great anthology of poems! ( )
  aw1486 | Sep 26, 2016 |
This is a great children's poetry book. A collection of random, nonsense poems, Where the Sidewalk Ends is a classic children's poetic read that uses all sorts of visual effects to enhance and highlight pieces of the capturing text at all times, and makes it an entertaining read for all!
  lck102 | Sep 26, 2016 |
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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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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!

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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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