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

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Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (1974)


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This book of poems is absolutely delightful in teaching life lessons about equality, encouragement and laughter. There are hundreds of different poems that tell a unique little riddle. Some of the poems rhyme, and some just do not make any sense. ( )
  BayleeWestrick | Feb 9, 2015 |
This one of my childhood favorites and also a collection that I love to read with my preschoolers. Silverstein's poems are full humor, whimsy, and imagination. There is also a slight touch of the uncanny, which young readers may find a little scary ....or greatly intriguing. ( )
  EliseMT | Jan 13, 2015 |
Shel Silverstein writes wacky poetry and has wacky pictures to match. Have to check with schools before sharing this book with students, because it is banned in some places. the poetry is fun and would be a great read aloud for first grade and up.
  bzittlosen | Dec 17, 2014 |
The poems in Where the Sidewalk Ends are unique and entertaining. I think Shel Silverstein's poems are a good intro to poetry for students that have the idea of poetry being dull and difficult. The drawings are simple and similar to the way that children might picture things, which makes the poems easy to understand for struggling readers.
  adates12 | Dec 17, 2014 |
This book by Shell Silverstein is a book full of humorous poems and drawings. Each poem has a moral at the end

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 |
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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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