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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings…

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (original 1974; edition 2014)

by Shel Silverstein (Author)

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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.
Title:Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
Authors:Shel Silverstein (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (2014), Edition: 1st, 176 pages
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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein (1974)

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    A Light in the Attic: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein (gilberts, KTIversen1)
    KTIversen1: A Light In the Attic was written and illustrated by the same brilliant poet/artist, Shel Silverstein. So how could you possibly go wrong?
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    The Bridge Across The River by Shepherd Thorleif Halvorsen (KTIversen1)
    KTIversen1: The poems in The Bridge Across The River are possibly the best comparisons to those in Where The Sidewalk Ends. There is, however, two distinct differences between them. While Shel Silverstein's poetry was not specifically written for children, the poems in The Bridge Across The River were. And The Bridge Across The River contains not pictures, only poetry.… (more)
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What a loss that Shel Silverstein is no longer around to make us all see the world though his perspective. ( )
  schoenbc70 | Sep 2, 2023 |
I read the book when I was younger and it never really made sense to me. ( )
  florrrrr12 | Aug 31, 2023 |
Not a big Silversteain fan, but I remember eventually reading through all of this as a kid because I DO like to see words arranged in unexpected ways. ( )
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
Real poetry, for all ages, understandable, often deep. ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 6, 2023 |
Shel Silverstein has put together a wonderful collection of poetry in this book, appealing to all ages. Some are longer, some short, but every poem is entertaining and clever. I admire this author's creative imagination and his ability to think young. Some of my favorite poems from this book include the following: The Bagpipe Who Didn't Say No, True Story, Sick, Lester, My Rules, The Edge of the World, Love, What's in the Sack, and The Land of Happy. This book has many fun poems for anyone of any age to enjoy. ( )
  REGoodrich | Jun 22, 2023 |
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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.

Come in!

Come in!

I will not play at tug o’ war.

I’d rather play at hug o’ war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs,

Where everyone giggles

And rolls on the rug,

Where everyone kisses,

And everyone grins,

And everyone cuddles,

And everyone wins.
“Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child/ Listen to the DON’TS/ Listen to the SHOULDN’TS/ The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS/ Listen to the NEVER HAVES/ Then listen close to me —/ Anything can happen, child/ ANYTHING can be.”
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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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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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