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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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This a great poetry book for kids. It brings out the imagination in all of us. It has great pictures to help young readers understand the poem. Students can listen to a selection of Shel Silverstein’s poems and complete a character map and describe the tone of the poems. Another great idea, is have your students choose poems to read and then write prose “responses” to the poems they read. Students can keep a reading log and respond to elements of the poem. ( )
  Jihan0228 | Apr 12, 2015 |
A Light in the Attic is a childrens poem book. This story is told in a non-tradition way as in there are many things going on and no perticuluiar order. This is a book filled with giggles and all children can relate to the poem with there sillines. This book is filled with poems and none of them are longer then a page and it has a picture for each one. Poems often have many underlying meanings or they are hard to read.The illustrations in the book enhance each of the poems. Over all this is a great way to introduce students to poems in a fun and exciting manner.
  bl200329 | Apr 11, 2015 |
A Light in the Attic is 192 pages full of silly poems guaranteed to make any kid giggle. There are many varieties and no specific theme. The poems range from four lines to two pages. Each one is accompanied by a silly drawing done by Shel Silverstein himself. One special thing about Silverstein’s poems is the perspective he writes from. He really can still think like a child and it comes across in his writing. If you read it as an adult, you remember how it felt to be a kid again. If you read it as a kid, you can relate to even the silliest poems.

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Shel Silverstein was my favorite writer growing up. I read his poems all the time and memorized several. My older son has been reading A Light in the Attic and I can hear him giggling from his room. He though “The Smartest Son” was so funny that he memorized it and has been reciting it to family members.

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1.) Everyone in class can choose a poem that they really like. They will be asked to memorize it and recite it to the class along with an explanation of why they chose that particular poem.
2.) Besides writing, Silverstein is known for his drawings and illustration that the does for his books. I will assign each child a poem (showing them only the words). Then they will be asked to read it and draw a picture that they feel goes with the poem.
3.) The children can all write their own four line poems and draw a picture to go with it. After they are all turned in I can scan all the drawings, type the poems and publish them into a small book. I would like to same them for when they graduate high school. ( )
  CamilleSchmidt | Apr 9, 2015 |
This was my favorite poetry book as a child and for good reason! No poem is longer than about a page and is accompanied with a small picture. The book has pen illustrations of the different poems but most of the imagination is developed between the beautiful words of the page and the mind. The language is very easy to read for students at many reading levels as well as interesting and fun! The writing is engaging and easy to visualize. In the Crowded Tub poem, uses humor to make these visualizations. He writes that the tub is so crowded with people that the narrator does not know whose bum he is cleaning. Even an adult cannot help but smile at the silly picture that this develops. The humor in many of the poems interests a lot of students to read further into the book. Poems can sound daunting to anyone especially children. They often have many underlying meanings or they are hard to read. Shel Silverstein proves that poetry can be easy to read and humorous but still talk about more difficult themes and issues. Re-reading this book reminded me why it is still so popular. ( )
  cscapp1 | Apr 5, 2015 |
This is a collection of poems by Shel Silverstein. His unique style of writing and illustrating is perfect for young readers who are interested in poetry. His use of rhyme makes his poems read almost as if they have their own distinct rhythm.

Personal Reflection: I love his style of poetry. It's so creative and fun to read. The illustrations correspond well to the poems and make them come to life. My favorite poem from this book is 'Almost Perfect,' which is about a very picky young girl.

Extensions: 1. For an older group of children, go over the different kinds of poetry such as Haiku, ABC, Couplet, and Free Verse. Have them write their own poems in each style.

2. Have students research other poets and their works. Then have them create a poetry book full of their favorite poems from the poets they researched. Encourage them to be creative. ( )
  mnewby17 | Apr 3, 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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alfred hitchcocksecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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