Where the Sidewalk Ends
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Shel Silverstein's most popular book, Where the Sidewalk Ends is now available in a special edition containing the classic hardcover book and a CD of highlights from his Grammy Award-winning album. This is a wonderful gift and keepsake for Shel Silverstein fans, old and new.
From the outrageously funn...more
P.S. If you haven’t read this before I recommend giving it a go, it is a nice fun, simple read that I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading.
Which is odd, because I have always had a pretty good memory for the spoken word and, especially, lyrics. When I was little, my parents found this most amusing. They would hear me playing in my bedroom, singing random snatches of commercial jingles and songs from A Prairie Ho...more
I wrote a report on this in the 6th grade and I still remember that by heart. That was the year I got braces and Chris N. butted in line when we were coming in from recess and I grabbed his arm and said "No Butting!" and he turned around and punched me in the face. The braces smashed into my lip and it bled so bad! I went to the bathroom with a girlfriend (I can't remember her anymore - isn't that strange?) and she trie...more
For some reason, parents never seem to think this creepy old guy who was so fond of children was in any way "disturbing," something I'm continually impressed with in the "ban now, ask questions later" climate of modern culture. If there are people who don't like Shel Silverst...more
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.
And once you do, you'll never be the same. Awaken your silly...more
"Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae
who ate a monstrous whale?
She thought she could, she said she would
So she started in right at the tail.
And everyone said, 'You're much too small!'
But that didn't bother Melinda at all.
She took little bites and chewed very slow, just like a little girl should...
And in 89 years she ate that whale
CRITIQUE: The majority of the poems in Where the Sidewalk Ends have some kind of rhyming pattern to them. However, the rhyme is not predictable; it is very fresh. A child reading this book would be able to determine the pat...more
This particular book of his is a collection of poems, some with accompanying illustrations (he does both) that are "at once outrageously funny and profound." Some are just so weird, you have to laugh, or at least make a funny face because you have no idea what you just read. Some of them have messages embedded within (for example, why you shouldn't...more
Ultimately, that's what Where The Sidewalk Ends is about--having a good time. The opening invitation to the book--a poem--encapsulates the feel and the tone of the book:
If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer...more
honestly i had reservations about picking up this book, poetry and me not really being the closest of buddies. then of course the fact that this was supposedly meant for toddlers and such (disdainful much??).
it wasn't long before i was shown the depths of my arrogance. hopefully never again...(but who knows).
okay. to the point. i ADORED this book.
a lot of the poetry here are funny (not outright hilarious, more like plain goofy), and yet come to think of it, still some o...more
I just don't love Shel Silverstein. Everyone I know just loves these poems, and thinks they are so fun/funny but... I just don't love it. I have a really hard time enjoying my time reading his poetry. Some of the poems are tons of fun, and just a hoot to read. Others just drag and are totally lost on me. There are usually great for kids (although I didn't much like them...more
In this poem, Shel Silverstein incorporates two different aspects of craft. Both uses of craft playfully extend and stretch out the time span of the poem. The first aspect is the visual structure of this poem. He writes only one word on each line of this poem. To me, even though this is a short poem, the structure of it makes it seems longer. As readers, we naturally take a short pause after each...more
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!”
If you are any of the above-er, Shel Silverstein’s warm, open invitation into the pages of his second collection of poetry for children is for you. Let your imagination runaway with the help of short and to the point funny descriptions of everyday activities and three page narra...more
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
'I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more - that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue -
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke-
My hip hurts when I move...more
Some of the poems are believable while others aren’t. Example: Eighty-pound rats don’t really exist, but for a second Shel Silverstein makes the reader believe they do. The poems are random so there isn’t a dramatic question to be asked. The conclusion is a poem about...more
Lexile Level: N/A
Main Characters: N/A
Point of View: 1st Person
Summary: Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is a collection of a variety of poems. Some of the poems such as "Hug-o-War" encourage children to get along with one another. It emphasizes hugging instead of tugging and it allows children to see that it's better for everyone to win in real life. Other poems such as Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle me too are silly poems that are go...more
Summary: this is a collection of poetry and drawings by famed children’s poet, Shel Silverstein. In one aspect, the poems are relatable because some deal with everyday situations turned into something crazy through the language used. In other instances, the poems are not relatable at all, but are appealing to children (and even adults) because of the silly and imaginative styles Silverstein uses to make his poetry come alive. Most of the po...more
Where the Sidewalk Ends is a large collection of poems written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. Most of his poems are humorous, making the reader laugh out loud at times, but manage to have a little bit of moral to them as well. There are poe...more
Share This Book
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.”