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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

The Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein

Book - 1974
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Shel Silverstein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Every Thing On It, has created a poetry collection that is outrageously funny and deeply profound. Come in...for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins.

You'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings stretches the bounds of imagination and will be cherished by readers of all ages. This is a collection that belongs on everyone's bookshelf. Makes a great gift for special occasions such as holidays, birthdays, and graduation.

And don't miss Runny Babbit Returns, the new book by Shel Silverstein!

Publisher: New York : Harper and Row, [1974].
ISBN: 9780060256685
Branch Call Number: 811.54 SILVERSTEIN
Characteristics: 166 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.


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Mar 25, 2021

Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein is a book of short beautiful poems. This book is full of wonder, magic, and hilarious stories. Stories of lazy kids, boa constrictors, kings, and towers of pancakes. I love this book to all ends; I thumb through it here and there when I need a little motivation. This book is wonderful for people who enjoy poetry or short stories. My love for poetry and writing was nurtured by the stories in this book. I recommend this book to ages 6 and up because there are some big words.

Jun 27, 2020

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Apr 20, 2020

In fourth grade, our teacher read us "Boa Constrictor" from this collection. No poem before or since has had more of an impact on me. Silverstein's imagination was on the same wavelength as Jim Henson's and Dr. Seuss's.

STPL_Emily Sep 21, 2019

This book is so much fun. If you're looking for a way to introduce poetry to children, Shel Silverstein is a definite winner! The rhythm is great so reading out loud is a joy. Kids and adults alike will get a kick out of these poems that range from the sweet to the utterly absurd.

Aug 06, 2019

very funny

May 20, 2019

Love Shel's use of descriptive

Mar 25, 2018

Very whimsical and fun, I enjoy his poetry.

Dec 07, 2017

I liked this book sooo much!!!!!!!!! I even laughed out loud!!! XD XD XD XD XD

Nov 13, 2017

This is a classic children's book filled with all types of poetry, from rhyming to just short ones on various topics. I read this as a child and continue to read it to my kids and those I teach. Shel has a talent that is very similar to Dr. Suess (Suess filled void in children's literature that lacked fun and rhyming) in that it filled a much needed void during a time when children's literature lacked meaningful and relevant poetry. Sure many of the poems are weird or one might consider grouse but it shows children that doing what you love, despite it being different from "normal" writing, can fulfill you and give you a career that you actually enjoy. Heck the guy wrote "A Boy Named Sue" and "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" to just name a couple that you'd know.

GCPL_EarlyLit Jul 18, 2017

This is perfect for all ages. Your kids will love these read aloud.

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