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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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There are three reasons why I like this book. This book by Shel Silverstein, is a beautiful poetry book. The language in every poem is easy for students to read. The poem about the crowded tub, a reader is able to visualize the actual tub filled with too many people. The writing is engaging for a student to read. Relating back to the Crowded Tub poem, Silverstein writes how the narrator washed a behind, but wasn't sure if it was theirs. This entices students to continue to read. Each poem is no longer than a page long which is helpful for students to continue to read and not give up with a poem. The humor in many of the poems interests a lot of students to read further into the book. The illustrations in the book enhance each of the poems. Almost every poem has a picture to correlate to it. By having a picture to follow each poem, it allows students to have some sort of visual to put with each poem. The message of this story is for students to realize how some poems could be as short as one line or a page long. Poems could be about silly things, or poems could be about more serious concepts. When it comes to poetry, students can sometimes be intimidated, this book helps relax that intimidation. ( )
  ndange1 | Mar 16, 2015 |
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein will always be one of my favorite collections of poems. The illustrations are simple line drawings that seem to only emphasize the oddness of each poem. One of my favorite poems in the book is “How Many, How Much,” because it is a great example of how poems can teach important lessons using little words. “Presents, Presents, Presents,” is an example of how silly and fun poems can be and that they do not always have to capture intense emotions. Poems, whether silly or serious, are always essential to any classroom because they teach students so much about rhyming patterns and expand their vocabulary as well.
  laineyh | Mar 15, 2015 |
Read endlessly to my 6-year-old. Shel Silverstein is perfect for introducing children to poetry, as well as to remind them that they don't have to treat life so seriously, no matter what the grownups say. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 27, 2015 |
This book is full of poems about clowns, pirates, monsters and all sorts of weird people and animals doing crazy things. A great book for the older child. ( )
  RachelBowers | Feb 24, 2015 |
I thought this was a fun collection of young adult poetry and I cant believe I never read this childhood classic growing up. (I was somewhat sheltered.) Some of it has some dark hints to it but over all very comical. Everyone should read these poems at least once. ( )
  Anietzerck | Dec 27, 2014 |
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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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