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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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Shel Silverstein shook the staid world of children's poetry in 1974 with the publication of this collection, and things haven't been the same since. More than four and a half million copies of Where the Sidewalk Ends have been sold, making it the bestselling children's poetry book ever. With this and his other poetry collections (A Light in the Attic and Falling Up), Silverstein reveals his genius for reaching kids with silly words and simple pen-and-ink drawings. What child can resist a poem called "Dancing Pants" or "The Dirtiest Man in the World"? Each of the 130 poems is funny in a different way, or touching ... or both. Some approach naughtiness or are a bit disgusting to squeamish grown-ups, but that's exactly what kids like best about Silverstein's work. Jim Trelease, author of The New Read-Aloud Handbook, calls this book "without question, the best-loved collection of poetry for children." (Ages 4 to 10)
"A zesty collection of humorous light verse."-- "SLJ.""An ideal book for teachers to have handy . . . If you want to ungloom your day, start Where the Sidewalk Ends." -- "Reading Teacher."
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The author has an ability to amuse, entertain and even teach lessons with his unique approach to poetry and art. Some of the many wonderful poems in this book includes the following: Hug O’ war, it’s dark in here, colors, Joey, early bird, sky seasoning, the farmer and the queen, rain, true story, enter this deserted house, jumping rope, who, me-stew and many, many other wonderful poems and lessons. Even though this book is aimed at younger readers I think adults will also find it an interesting read.
If you are a Shel Silverstein fan you should check out this book. I found it an amusing read.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute)
The poems are funny and sincere at the same time. I really enjoyed each and every poem. The drawings are also really good. Just to give you a little taste of my Silverstein's work, here's the very first poem I heard from this book when I was little called, "Hat." And it goes a little something like this:
Teddy said it was a hat,
So I put it on.
Now Dad is saying, "Where the heck's
the toilet plunger gone?"
That's only a SMALL taste of the wonders you will find in this book. My other favorites are "Hat," "Dancing Pants," "I Must Remember," "Warning," "Who," and "The Land of Happy." I'm sure there are many more, but that's all I can think of right now. Bottom line: EVERY poem is great.
Although this is really great for kids, I think this is something EVERYONE would enjoy. Young or old, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein is a fine read. One of my favorites.
(If you liked this one, check out "A Light in the Attic." Very good book as well.)
Silverstein's work is very subversive in that he uses humor to mask serious themes. There is both innocence and complexity in each of the poetry vignettes.
Each time I read this book, I find something new in the poems.
This is an especially good book to read out loud to children because you can read as much or as little as your child can absorb. Eventually, your children can read the poems to you.
My current favorites are: It's Dark in Here (about being eaten by a lion), Listen to the Mustn'ts (about going beyond the negatives), Jimmy Jet and His TV Set (what happens to those who watch too much screen), Early Bird (advice for the bird and the worm), Hector the Collector (about beauty being in the eye of the beholder), Sarah Cynthia Slyvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out (what happens to those who ignore the trash), Pirate Captain Jim (proving the adage that the least competent rise to the top), Hungry Mungry (what happens when someone doesn't stop eating).
Last year, I sent my friends new son a few books for his first birthday. I had no idea the books I sent were his very FIRST ONES! Apparently, literature is SO taxed, it is not easily available. I take children's books for granted. I think we all do.
Shel Silverstein brings back wonderful memories from my daughter's childhood and fortunately, she has passed on her love of reading to her own two daughters. I could not imagine childhood without certain books and I had to send "Where the Sidewalk Ends" to my friends for Christmas. This book is one that they can all enjoy (and it may be a bright spot in learning English for their wonderful little boy!).
I wish I could send more books to them. And I will. Over time.
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