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A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (1981)

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A Light in the Attic is a collection of poems and illustrations by Shel Silverstein. The poems will tickle everyone's funny bones. Though it is written for children, teen and adults alike will enjoy this book. A wonderful example would be Spelling Bee on page eighty-one.

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I enjoy reading this book to my children. It always brings a smile to our faces and I hope that it will help them learn to like poetry.

Classroom Extension:
1. Blackout Poetry, give students a page from any book and have them cover all but a handful of words on the page. This can be done with paint or marker. Then have them read the remaining words as a poem.
2. Drawing, have students do a drawing to go along with a poem they have written or read.
  coralea | Apr 28, 2017 |
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein is a collection of poems written by Shel Silverstein. The poems throughout the book are accompanied by illustrations that are also done by Shel Silverstein. The book contains multiple different poems and characters such as Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, and many others. And with all the fun characters that come along the book still manages to tackle some issues children may have in a light-hearted manner.

Shel Silverstein was one of my favorite authors as a kid so as you can imagine this book was the one I was most excited to read. Silverstein has a delightful sense of humor and imagination. And although the book could be seen as a controversial I would still recommend to a lot of people because I don’t think that just because topics are controversial doesn’t mean they should be ignored.

Classroom Ideas:
1. Read other Shel Silverstein poems to the kids and let them make comparisons.
2. Children could draw their favorite character from the book.
3. Talk about the different rhyme schemes used in each of the poems. ( )
  tabithamarie | Apr 23, 2017 |
"A Light in the Attic" is a wonderful compilation of poems that children and adults of all ages can enjoy. Shel Silverstein is an amazing author that created relatable stories that people can imagine themselves being in. An activity that can be used with this book would be to have the students create their own poem about whatever they like. Another activity would be to have the students draw the pictures to accompany their newly created poem. ( )
  chad.erickson | Apr 23, 2017 |
Just like in where the sidewalk end it is just a book with a ton of humorous, imaginative poetry.

My reaction to this book is that it is to make a child laugh and use their imagination to be able to put themselves in the book.

In the classroom I will have them try to come up with their own imaginative poem after reading this.
  madison.young | Apr 19, 2017 |
I would use this book as an interactive read-aloud with a second or third grade class to discuss with them the importance of how Shel Silverstein has adapted his writing into what is considered poetry because of how he uses rhythm, and rhyming words. His diction varies as he incorporates different lessons and stories into his pieces. With this, I would have students begin working on their poetry skills and have them learn how poetry looks and should flow, etc.
  apecaro01 | Apr 18, 2017 |
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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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