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Where The Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings Of Shel Silverstein

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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 …

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

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Hardcover, 166 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Yu Shan She (first published 1974)
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Steve
Jul 08, 2008 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His parents did well naming him Shel.
He never did care to conform.
What would compel a guy to rebel
If everyone knew him as Norm?
Raeleen Lemay
Oct 11, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I found a beautiful 40th anniversary edition of this at Costco and just had to pick it up! SUCH A GREAT BOOK THROWBACK TO CHILDHOOD WADDUP
Jennifer
Jan 15, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: ya, tmi
There's a polar bear - in the fridgedare - he likes it cuz its cold in there!

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
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Austin
Mar 07, 2008 Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Austin by: Almost Everyone
Every child eventually discovers the perverted old man who wrote songs for Johnny Cash, did illustrations for Playboy, appeared on the Dr. Demento show numerous times, and managed to get a few books published along the way.

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
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j
I am crap at reciting from books. Sure, I know your super-famous opening lines and popular misquotations, but I don't really, like, pause in my reading to note a particularly nice turn of phrase so I can commit it to memory.

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
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Sita
Oct 04, 2011 Sita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sita by: My Dad
Shelves: own, favourites, reviewed
All I can say is that this book is amazing. This was the first book that my dad ever read to me and I loved it. I was re-reading it today and I normally don’t love books I loved when I was little, but this book is different. I still love it, there’s not much else I can say that people haven’t already said, so I am just going to end this super short review now.

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.
Emily May
Jan 07, 2014 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, poetry
“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.”
Dunninghousehold
Such an amazing book! This new addition has 12 new poems, and they fit in perfectly with our beloved favorites. The first poem, Invitation, sums the book up perfectly, and remains one of my favorite poems of all time:


Invitation

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!


And once you do, you'll never be the same. Awaken your silly
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Arman
من به یک سری از دلایل، انگیزه های زیادی ندارم برای اینکه بچه ای از خون و ریشه های خودم داشته باشم. بچه ها رو دوست دارم، حتی تربیت کردن بچه هم مشکلی نیست، مشکل از همون پله اول سرچشمه می گیره، اینکه 50 درصد از مسئولیت اومدن یه انسان جدید به این جهان رو بر عهده بگیری و به این نتیجه برسی که قادر به این خواهی بود که این جهان رو اونقدر خوب برای بچه ـت رقم بزنی که اومدنش بهتر از نیومدنش باشه

اما از وقتی با کتاب های شل سیلوراستاین آشنا شدم، به جرأت می تونم بگم که علاقه خیلی بیشتری به ایده بچه داشتن پیدا
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Marvin
Jul 08, 2014 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Look O Look!
I see a book!
A book that gleams
A book that screams
Delightful things
By Shel Silverstein
Poems and drawings
That are not boring
They speak to me
Like a tapestry
Of childhood joys
For girls and boys
Not just for kids
Adults will dig
The funny rhymes
of forgotten times
When they were young
And life was fun
So turn the page
Forget your age
When the book ends
You can start again
And follow the bend
Where the sidewalk ends
Duchess Nicole
This is officially one of my favorite children's books. I read this with my 10, 9, and 7 year old daughters. We all loved the book so very much, but I was really surprised at just how into it I was...I think the girls got just as big a kick out of watching me laughing maniacally as they got out of the actual book.

I realize that I'm way behind on discovering this author, and so I'm just giving a general 'enjoyment' review. Silverstein not only made me laugh so hard I almost cried, but he also wr
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midnightfaerie
May 23, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
One of my most favorite authors of my youth, Silverstein does a most excellent job of tapping into the heart of a child. Whether it be a child's heart in an adult or an actual child, the result is the same: pure and simple joy. Silverstein excels not only in rhyming, but his use of adjectives in the English language when describing things such as "icky, stick, peanut butter sandwiches" makes this a joy not only to listen to, but to read out loud as well. I remember having it read to me for the f ...more
Alexxy
Feb 01, 2016 Alexxy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
TRUE STORY

This morning I jumped on my horse
And went out for a ride.
And some wild outlaws chased me
And they shot me in the side.
So I crawled into a wildcat’s cave
To find a place to hide,
But some pirates found me sleeping there,
And soon they had me tied
To a pole and built a fire
Under me-I almost cried
Till a mermaid came and cut me loose
And begged to be my bride.
So I said I’d come back Wednesday
But I must admit I lied.
Then I ran into a jungle swamp
But I forgot my guide
And I stepped into some quic
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Gretchen
Jun 27, 2008 Gretchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mommy and I are going through one poem at a time. So far I like it, but am rather confused by a few!!

6/27/08--My favorite poem so far is Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too! I love how is sounds when Mommy says it.
Maryam Hosseini
Mar 23, 2015 Maryam Hosseini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لِسـتِر

جادوگری که روی درخت انجیر هندی زندگی می کنه
.به لستر گفت یه آرزو بکنه تا اون براش با جادو برآورده کنه

اون هم آرزو کرد که حقِ دو تا آرزوی دیگه هم داشته باشه دوباره؛
.یعنی حالا به جای یه آرزو، با زرنگی سه تا آرزو داره

بعد با هر کدوم از این سه آرزو
،مشخصا آرزو کرد برای سه تا دیگه آرزو

که شد نُه تا آرزوی تازه، به اضافه همون سه آرزو
بعد با هر کدوم از این دوازده تا آرزو

با زرنگی آرزوی سه تا آرزوی دیگه کرد
که رسید به چهل و شش تا - یا پنجاه و دو تا شاید؟

خلاصه ، به هر حال از هر آرزوش
،در جهت آرزو برای آرزوه
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TL
Jan 31, 2015 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading, favorites
One of my favorites from when I was a kid. I remember this book along with 'light in the attic' always being checked out of the school library and not wanting to give it back when my turn was up.

Re-visiting it as an adult, I found some of the poems I didn't care for but plenty of my old favorites still had me smiling and sometimes reading them again before turning the page.




Just a fun book, highly recommend :)
Meredith
Sep 20, 2007 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly entertaining poems. I do a poem a week with my 2nd graders, and our current one is Melinda Mae. Let's see if I can remember it from the top of my head:

"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
Because
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 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
I forgot I had this book, - so long ago my art teacher gave me a copy - I memorized so many of these poems - just re-reading it now I am surprised at how many stayed with me.

To hear Shel read them is an experience... he has a pretty creepy voice on some of them.

Leaves me singing "On the cover of Rolling Stone".
Scarlet Cameo
Apr 18, 2016 Scarlet Cameo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-16
Debo decir que soy una gran fan de leer libros para niños que no sean infantiles sino que tengan un plus, es gracias a ello que Shel Silverstein se convirtió en uno de mis escritores favoritos. Sus libros de cuentos son simplemente encantadores así que decidí comenzar a leer una compilación de sus poemas iniciando con Falling Up (que disfrute bastante) y siguiendo con este libro...
La formula es la clásica de Silverstein, poemas graciosos, a veces muy bizarros, con elementos que poco tienen que v
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Simona
Rating: 5/5



Nu am mai citit de multă vreme o carte cu poezii așa că am fost extrem de bucuroasă când am auzit că una dintre cărțile lui Shel Silverstein avea să fie tradusă la Editura Arthur. Eu știam o poezie de-a lui de mai multă vreme și îmi plăcea la nebunie (din păcate nu se regăsește în cartea de față) dar nu cunoșteam numele autorului.

În momentul când am descoperit că Where the sidewalk ends - Acolo unde nu mai e trotuar este o carte de poezii însoțită de ilustrații, am făcut imediat legăt
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Mike (the Paladin)
Fun fantastic...enjoy.

I read this with and to both my kids. my wife enjoyed it and so did (do) I. Silverstein seems endlessly imaginative. We had so much fun together with this volume, I recommend it. Even if you don't like everything you more than likely will like something. (Sound like something Silverstein might say :-))

Another review I hadn't read recently. My attention was called back to it.

When my children were small this is one we read together several times... It may not all be what you
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Erin Dixon
SUMMARY: Where the Sidewalk Ends is a collection of poems by Shel Silverstein. All of the poems have a humorous tone to them, but a little bit of a moral at the end as well. All of the poems are about different scenarios and have no specific order that they need to be read in.
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
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Ronyell
“Where the Sidewalk Ends” is another book of poems from the creative mind of Shel Silverstein, who is the popular author of “A Light in the Attic.” This book details poems about silly people and animals doing crazy activities. Even though this book has some suggestive content, children will easily be delighted in this book for many years.

Shel Silverstein has done an awesome job with both illustrating and writing this book of poems. Shel Silverstein’s writing is witty and creative as uses bizarr
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Jesse A
Jul 17, 2016 Jesse A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-it-up
Maybe I'm just not in touch with my inner child today. This is fine.
Marissa
Dec 11, 2014 Marissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book brings back so many childhood memories for me. It is full of humorous and lighthearted poems that make me smile. But it also teaches us many important life lessons. It is kid-friendly, but can also be enjoyed by adults. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to laugh and has a creative imagination. Shel Silverstein is a genius.
Nick
Jan 29, 2008 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Shel Silverstein makes me think about the nature v. nurture debate. When I was a kid I really really loved his silly poems and even more so his fascinating, messily detailed illustrations. This interest led me into cartoons and comic books as a young adult and that interest stayed with me into my teens and early 20s. Now as a grownup(?) I'm still drawn to media with a sense of playfulness and whimsy, like digital graphics and street art. Im also always amazed at how good cartoons and animated ch ...more
Tim The Enchanter
May 14, 2014 Tim The Enchanter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is my second time through this book of classic poems by Shel Siverstein. This time around I read it to my girls (ages 4 and 6). While the 4 year old didn't understand many of the poems, she was entertained nonetheless. The silly pictures helped in that regard. It was fun to read them to my 6 year old and watch her try and work out what the poem was really saying. Occasionally, there were poems that I didn't like for my children, i.e. "who ate the baby". For the most part they were age appro ...more
DJ Harris
Mar 27, 2013 DJ Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shel Silverstein never disappoints!

Poem after poem, he takes simple kid-friendly wonders and fears and creates clear imagery using rhyme, rhythm and cadence. His rhymes are fun and entertaining! This book is a great way to entertain children and get them interested in reading!

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Huongta
Jul 01, 2016 Huongta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kiểu như này:
”Ồ, nếu bạn là một con chim, hãy là một con chim dậy sớm
Để bắt một chú sâu cho bữa sáng
Nếu bạn là một con chim, hãy là một con chim dậy sớm…
Nhưng nếu bạn là một chú sâu, hãy là một con sâu dậy muộn."

"Tất cả những gì chúng ta cần học đều đã được dạy từ nhà trẻ" câu này chuẩn mà. Đặc biệt là văn học thiếu nhi của nước ngoài, đọc cực thấm.
Hissa Reads
Aug 23, 2015 Hissa Reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I relished every single page of it! Such a sweet good book
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Shel Silverstein was the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.
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“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.”
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“My skin is kind of sort of brownish pinkish yellowish white. My eyes are greyish blueish green, but I'm told they look orange in the night. My hair is reddish blondish brown, but its silver when its wet, and all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.” 736 likes
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