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A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light in the Attic (1981)

by Shel Silverstein

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A Light in the Attic by She Silverstein is about various hilarious goofy poems that highlights remarkable animal characters and other strange fun characters for older children to enjoy. Even though it might seem to be a great read for younger children it may be too controversial for them to handle. Older audiences will enjoy the rhythmic words that the genius mind of She Silverstein has to offer.

Personal Reaction:

These set of poems are phenomenal, because they reveal so many strange characters doing crazy things, which is a classic to older children. It shows that the author is a great goof ball in his style of writing

Classroom Extensions:

1. Have the children to create an 8 line poem and the teacher be the judge for rewards
2. Have the class to dress up as any animal/strange character and reveal a short story of his life.
  dr184845 | Jul 22, 2015 |
This book is a compilation of poetry by Shel Silverstein. This book contains many different poems that children enjoy.

Personal Reflection- I really enjoyed some of the poems but not all. I would pick and choose which ones I shared.

Extension- Have children write their own poetry.
  SuzieB1972 | Jul 22, 2015 |
The book is full of several different poems about moral lessons and adventure.

Personal: This one reminds me of the other book she wrote "Where the Sidewalk Ends." This book is child friendly and easy to follow

Extension: Print off different poems from the book with some words missing and have them replace the words with either the correct words from the poem or with words to make them their own.
  M_Graham | Jul 13, 2015 |
This book was created to make people laugh and rhythmic words. Here is one of the poems: Rockabye

Rockabye baby, in the treetop
Don't you know a treetop
Is no safe place to rock?
And who put you up there,
And your cradle, too?
Baby, I think someone down here's
Got it in for you.
My personal reaction was this book is funny and really put a smile on your face.
One classroom extension could be writing their own poem.
Second classroom extension could be reading the poem out loud.
  b.duggins13 | Apr 16, 2015 |
This is another book full of several different poems about a bunch of fun and moral lessons. The author likes to wite about different things. He wrote about the fear of someone stealing your knees and snoring mountains. The poems are very silly and fun and the illustrations go very well with it.

Personal Reaction:
I enjoyed this book of different poems as well as others. Its fun to see a author get silly and write about different things and some authors won't. Students would really enjoy the book.

Classroom Extensions:
1.) Students make up their own poem but it has to be creative and silly like the authors.
2.) Have a poem with words taken out every once in awhile and as a class fill in the blanks and then read the poem as a whole. Do it a few times as a class and then have students do it by themselves.
  KristenLaSorsa | Apr 15, 2015 |
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Mr. Silverstein's work remains a must for lovers of good verse for children. Quite like nobody else, he is still a master of delectable outrage and the proprietor of a surprisingly finely tuned sensibility.

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Shel Silversteinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
alfred hitchcocksecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
joyce carol oatesAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There's a light on in the attic.
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Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with Broiled Face, and find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a Mountain snores, and They Put a Brassiere on the Camel.
From the creator of the beloved poetry collections Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up, here is another wondrous book of poems and drawings. (CHARLES DUFF REVIEW BELOW) This eclectic collection of children’s poems with exaggerated accompanying sketches makes for an entertaining book. The poems are relatively short, varying between a few sentences and two pages, are in a narrative style. They are humorous and offer up a terrific way to get kids generally interest in poetry. School Library Media Specialists can use this book during book talks as an independent reading book. It's an appropriate book to introduce in the later elementary grades and even into middle school. Shel Silversteins website offers games and additional education resources for teachers and kids: http://www.shelsilverstein.com/indexS...
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