Kristina Charnecki's Reviews > Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
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Dec 06, 11

it was amazing
Read in December, 2011

Genre: Poetry

This is a wonderful collection of imaginative and humorous poems for children, but if you take a closer look, you may find a few with deep messages for readers of any age.

a.) A major strength of this book is the humor and imagination used for the numerous poems.
b.) Humor is a very strange thing in that it is very powerful. People are more likely to remember something associated with humor. Silverstein’s use of humor in these poems helps for readers to relate, as well as leaves a lasting memory for years to come. The poems are just pure enjoyment to read. The added messages and themes behind the humor are just a great plus to the already creative poems.
c.) My favorite poem is on pg. 140 titled “Band-Aids”; I know for a fact that young children can relate to this poem, but they might not see it as funny as adults. For some strange reason, young children are obsessed with band-aids. They want one even if they don’t have a cut or a sore. Another favorite is “Warning” on page 75. Again, young children have an obsession with picking their nose. Silverstein tries to scare readers to not pick their nose in a comical way of talking about creatures that live inside your nose that will bite your finger off if you continue to stick it up there.

Curriculum Connection: There are obvious rhyming activities that could be created from the poems in this book. These kinds of activities are especially great for younger learners. For older readers, activities in determining the rhythm and organization of poem could definitely be done with several examples from this collection.
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