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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
Collections:Your library
Tags:Poetry, humor, classic

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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein (1974)

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This was a delight to read with my boys, age 4 and 7. They belly-laughed a lot and resisted putting the book down every night with pleas for "one more poem!" "Boa Constrictor" was an instant classic which they made me read every night before we moved on to poems we hadn't yet read. ( )
  nrmaharaj | Feb 22, 2017 |
An awesome book that has all sorts of great poems for children. They are all silly and have great cartoon drawings to go with them.
  cartieraf1 | Feb 20, 2017 |
A great book of poems that are very creative and appropriate for all ages. ( )
  hermione8665 | Feb 17, 2017 |
As a child, I enjoyed reading these poems. I forgot how funny and enjoyable Shel Silverstein's poetry is. As an adult, I have shared this collection with my own children. We enjoy reading the silly poems and looking at the simple yet complex drawings. ( )
  SraSpoer | Feb 8, 2017 |
I love Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends for many reasons. Firstly, there are a wide selection of poems that children can read. Next, the prose is witty but concise and to the point. The way the narrative flows is smooth and easy to read. For example, here is an excerpt from the poem The Voice. "There is a voice inside of you That whispers all day long, 'I feel that this is right for me, I know that this is wrong.' No teacher, preacher, parent, friend, Or wise man can decide What's right for you- just listen to The voice that speaks inside." I also love Where the Sidewalk Ends because of the quirky illustrations that are present on every few pages. These illustrations do a great job at capturing the words on the page and help to give readers a vivid image as they read. ( )
  CassieLThompson | Dec 16, 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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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.

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I’d rather play at hug o’ war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs,

Where everyone giggles

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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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