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Millie McDeevit screamed a scream, so loud it made her eyebrows steam.
She screamed so loud, her jawbone broke,
Her tongue caught fire, her nostrils smoked...

Poor Screamin' Millie is just one of the unforgettable characters in this wondrous new book of poems and drawings. Here you will also meet Allison Beals and her twenty-five eels; Danny O'Dare, the dancin' bear; the Human Balloon; and Headphone Harold.

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.

So come, wander through the Nose Garden, ride the Little Hoarse, eat in the Strange Restaurant, and let the magic of Shel Silverstein open your eyes and tickle your mind.

Story List
- Advice
- Allison Beals and Her 25 Eels
- Alphabalance
- Bad Cold
- A Battle in the Sky
- The Bear, the Fire, and the Snow
- Best Mask?
- Big Eating Contest
- Bituminous?
- Blood-Curdling Story
- Body Language
- Camp Wonderful
- Carrots
- Castle
- Cat, a Kid, and a Mom
- Cat Jacks
- Cereal
- Christmas Dog
- Clean Gene
- Complainin' Jack
- Cookwitch Sandwich
- Crazy Dream
- Crystal Ball
- Danny O'Dare
- The Deadly Eye
- Dentist Dan
- Description
- Diving Board
- Don the Dragon's Birthday
- Eggs Rated
- Falling Up
- Feeding Time
- The Folks Inside
- Foot Repair
- Forgetful Paul Revere
- The Former Foreman's Story
- Furniture Bash
- Gardener
- Glub-Glub
- The Gnome, the Gnat, and the Gnu
- Golden Goose
- Hand Holding
- Hard to Please
- Haunted
- Headless Town
- Headphone Harold
- Help!
- Hi-Monster
- Human Balloon
- Hungry Kid Island
- Hypnotized
- Ice Cream Stop
- Imagining
- In the Land of...
- James
- Kanga Ruby
- Keepin' Count
- Keep-Out House
- Little Hoarse
- Little Pig's Treat
- Long-Leg Lou and Short-Leg Sue
- Long Scarf
- Lyin' Larry
- Mari-Lou's Ride
- Medusa
- Mirror, Mirror
- Mister Moody
- Molly's Folly
- Monkey
- Morgan's Curse
- Mummy
- Music Lesson
- My Nose Garden
- My Robot
- My Sneaky Cousin
- The Nap Taker
- Needles and Pins
- New World
- No
- No Grown-Ups
- No Thank You
- Noise Day
- Nope
- Obedient
- Ooh!
- One Out of Sixteen
- People Zoo
- Pinocchio
- Plugging In
- Poison-Tester
- Porky
- Quality Time
- Reachin' Richard
- Red Flowers for You
- Remote-a-Dad
- Rotten Convention
- Runners
- Sack Race
- Safe?
- Scale
- Screamin' Millie
- Settin' Around
- Shanna in the Sauna
- Sharing
- Shoe Talk
- Short Kid
- Show Fish
- Sidewalking
- Smile Makers
- Snowball
- Somethin' New
- Sorry I Spilled It
- Spoiled Brat
- Stone Airplane
- Stork Story
- Strange Restaurant
- Stupid Pencil Maker
- Sun Hat
- Sybil the Magician's Last Show
- Tattooin' Ruth
- Tell Me
- They Say I Have...
- Tongue Sticker-Outer
- The Toy Eater
- Three O'clock
- Three Stings
- Turkey?
- Unfair
- Use for a Moose
- The Voice
- Warmhearted
- Wastebasket Brother
- Weavers
- Web-Foot Woe
- Weird-Bird
- We're Out of Paint, So…
- When I Was Your Age
- Why Is It?
- Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda
- Writer Waiting
- Yuck

178 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 1996

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Shel Silverstein

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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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9,566 reviews56.6k followers
January 2, 2022
Falling Up, Shel Silverstein

Falling Up is a 1996 poetry collection for children by Shel Silverstein.

It features illustrations, drawn by the author, for most of the 144 poems. Silverstein dedicated the book to his son, Matthew.

It is also the third and final poetry collection by Silverstein in his lifetime, as he died 3 years after Falling Up was released.

Falling Up

I tripped on my shoelace
And I fell up -
Up to the rooftops,
Up over the town,
Up past the tree tops,
Up over the mountains,
Up where the colors
Blend into the sounds.
But it got me so dizzy
When I looked around,
I got sick to my stomach
And I threw down.

عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «سقوط به بالا»، «بالا افتادن»؛ نویسنده: شل سیلور استاین (اشتاین)؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه مارس سال1997میلادی، خوانش این نسخه روز نوزدهم ماه آوریل سال2006میلادی

عنوان: بالا افتادن؛ نویسنده: شل سیلورستاین (سیلوراشتاین)؛ مترجم حمید خادمی؛ تهران، پنجره، سال1381، در187ص؛ چاپ سیزدهم سال1392؛ شابک9789649225708؛ موضوع شعر طنز کودکان و نوجوانان از شاعران ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده20م

عنوان: سقوط به بالا: مترجم: رضی خدادای؛ تهران، هوای تازه، سال1383؛ در202ص؛ شابک9647222947؛ چاپ سوم تهران، هستان، سال1388، در202ص؛ شابک9646965776؛ چاپ چهارم تهران، هستان، شولا، سال1394؛

بند کفشم به پایم گیر کرد
سکندری خوردم و افتادم بالا
بالای پشت بامها
بالای درختها
بالای کوهها، بالای آنجا که رنگها و صداها باهم یکی میشوند.؛
اما وقتی به دور و برم نگاه کردم،؛
سرم گیج رفت،؛
حال تهوع بهم دست داد
و آوردم پایین.؛
شل سیلورستاین (سیلوراشتاین)

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 03/02/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ 11/10/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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453 reviews90 followers
September 17, 2020
شعر مورد علاقه من " کنترل بابا" که درباره خاموش کردن بابا عه بود وقتی حوصله‌شو نداری، و شعر مورد علاقه شاگردم ( همونکه کتاب رو براش خریده بودم و سرکلاس میخونیمش) " خواب مسخره" است که درباره تنبیه کردن معلمها با تکلیف سخته :)))))
عاشق این کتاب و بقیه کتابهای عمو شلبی ام. واقعا عاشقشونم. خیلی خوش میگذره موقع خوندنشون. تازه می تونید نقاشیهای باحالش رو هم رنگ کنید ( پیشنهادم با مخالفت شاگردم مواجه شد متاسفانه)
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9,566 reviews56.6k followers
May 17, 2017
‭‭‬Falling up: poems and drawings‬‭‭, Shel Silverstein
عنوان: بالا افتادن؛ وقتی به سن تو بودم؛ سقوط به بالا؛ نویسنده: شل سیلور اشتاین؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه مارس سال 1997 میلادی، دومین خوانش: نوزدهم آوریل سال 2006 میلادی
عنوان: وقتی به سن تو بودم؛ نویسنده: شل سیلور اشتاین؛ مترجم: رضی خدادادی (هیرمندی)؛ تهران، هستان، 1378، در 54 ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1379؛ شابک: 9646965229؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر هوای تازه، 1380، شابک: 9647222521؛ موضوع: شعر طنز کودکان از نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
عنوان: سقوط به بالا؛ نویسنده: شل سیلور اشتاین؛ مترجم: رضی خدادادی (هیرمندی)؛ تهران، هوای تازه، 1383، در 202 ص؛ شابک: 9647222947؛ چاپ سوم: تهران، هستان، 1388؛ شابک: 9646965776؛ در 202 ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1394؛
عنوان: بالا افتادن؛ نویسنده: شل سیلور اشتاین؛ مترجم: حمید خادمی؛ تهران، پنجره، 1378، در 187 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1378؛ شابک: 9649225706؛ چهارم 1379؛ پنجم و ششم: 1380؛ هفتم 1381؛ هشتم 1382؛ دهم 1387؛ یازدهم 1388؛ سیزدهم 1392؛ شابک: 9789649225708؛
عنوان: گزیده اشعار شل سیلورستاین؛ مترجم: احمد پوری؛ تهران، افکار، 1384؛ در 226 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1387؛ شابک: 9789647858946؛
پدر ایشان: ناتان؛ و نام مادرش: هلن بود؛ و نام خودش: شلدون آنی سیلورستاین. یک دختر و یک پسر داشت، دخترش شوشانا در یازده سالگی از دنیا رفت، و تنها پسرش: ماتیو در هنگام درگذشت پدر دوازده سال داشت. ایشان هرگز نمی‌خواستند که برای بچه‌ ها بنویسند و با اصرار یکی از دوستانش که نویسنده ی کودکان بود، به جهان ادبیات کودک آمد، و سبکی تازه و تک را بنیان نهاد. سیلورستاین اگرچه به عنوان شاعر و نویسنده ی کودکان شناخته می‌شود اما آثارش بین بزرگسالان نیز بسیار دوست داشتنی است
بالا افتادن
بند کفشم به پایم گیر کرد
سکندری خوردم و افتادم بالا
بالای پشت بامها
بالای درختها
بالای کوهها، بالای آن جا که رنگها و صداها باهم یکی میشوند.؛
اما وقتی به دور و برم نگاه کردم،؛
سرم گیج رفت،
حال تهوع بهم دست داد
و آوردم پایین.؛
ا. شربیانی
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114 reviews24 followers
November 11, 2014
Some wonderful gems from this anthology of poems and drawings:


I tripped on my shoelace
And I fell up--
Up to the roof tops,
Up over the town,
Up past the tree tops,
Up over the mountains,
Up where the colors
Blend into the sounds.
But it got me so dizzy
When I looked around,
I got sick to my stomach
And I threw down.


All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin' in the sun,
Talkin' 'bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done...
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little did.


I'll share your toys, I'll share your money,
I'll share your toast, I'll share your honey,
I'll share your milk and your cookies too --
The hard part's sharing mine with you.


At last--I finished my keep-out house,
A house that's meant for privacy,
A house that's meant for peacefulness,
A house just meant for only me.
There is no door where strangers knock,
No window where they peek and grin.
A perfect private keep-out house...
Now...how do I get in?


George got stung by a bee and said,
"I wouldn't have got stung if I'd stayed in bed."
Fred got stung and we heard him roar,
"What am I being punished for?"
Lew got stung and we heard him say,
"I learned somethin' about bees today."


I walked through the wildwood, and what did I see
But a unicorn with his horn stuck in a tree,
Cryin', "Someone please help me before it's too late."
I hollered, "I'll free you." He hollered back, "Wait--
How much will it hurt? How long will it take?
Are you sure that my horn will not scratch, bend, or break?
How hard will you pull? How much must I pay?
Must you do it right now or is Wednesday okay?
Have you done this before? Do you have the right tools?
Have you graduated from horn-savin' school?
Will I owe you a favor? And what will it be?
Do you promise that you will not damage the tree?
Should I close my eyes? Should I sit down or stand?
Do you have insurance? Have you washed your hands?
And after you free me--tell me what then?
Can you guarantee I won't get stuck again?
Tell me when. Tell me how.
Tell me why. Tell me where...."

I guess that he's still sitting' there.
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Author 3 books5,539 followers
February 6, 2017
As always, a wonderful book of beautiful, funny and endearing poems from Shel Silverstein. My favorites:

Diving Board

You've been up on that diving board
Making sure that it's nice and straight.
You've made sure that it's not too slick.
You've made sure that it can stand the weight.
You've made sure that the spring is tight.
You've made sure that the cloth won't slip.
You've made sure that it bounces right.
And now that your toes can get a grip -
And you've been up there since half past five
Doin everything...but DIVE.

And the title poem:

Falling Up

I tripped on my shoelace
And I fell up -
Up to the rooftops,
Up over the town,
Up past the tree tops,
Up over the mountains,
Up where the colors
Blend into the sounds.
But it got me so dizzy
When I looked around,
I got sick to my stomach
And I threw down.

I am not sure if anyone writes children's poetry quite like Silverstein but it is one of my favorites for sure!
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597 reviews294 followers
December 2, 2017
اشعار کوتاه بامزه‌ی به ظاهر کودکانه ولی معنادار.
بعضی از شعرهاش واقعا منو می‌خندوند یا به فکر فرو می‌برد.
خلاقیت شل سیلورستان فوق‌العاده بالاست.
ترجمه حمید خادمی خیلی خوب بود ولی متن انگلیسیش بهتر حس رو منتقل می‌کرد که مخصوصا در مورد شعر طبیعیه.
322 reviews48 followers
January 6, 2008
I fell in love with the plays on words and how childlike the poems were. It didn't take a whole lot of thinking to interpret the poems, because it was all there, clearly stated in the poem.
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955 reviews322 followers
May 19, 2013
Falling Up

Ever since I was little, I have been a huge fan of Shel Silverstein’s works as they were creative, controversial and hilarious to read through! I have practically read almost all of Shel Silverstein’s works including Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Every Thing on It and I had enjoyed every single one of them! Now, I have finally read another one of Shel Silverstein’s books called “Falling Up” and it was just as enjoyable as Shel Silverstein’s other works!

This is another book that has a set of Shel Silverstein’s famous poems and some of the poems featured in this book include:


I tripped on my shoelace
And I fell up-
Up to the roof tops,
Up over the town,
Up past the tree tops,
Up over the mountains,
Up where the colors
Blend into the sounds.
But it got me so dizzy
When I looked around,
I got sick to my stomach
And I threw down.

Once again, Shel Silverstein had piqued my interest in his talent for writing surreal and hilarious poetry that interest children as well as adults! I loved the wacky style that Shel Silverstein puts into the poems as the characters are always doing bizarre things such as in the poem “Complainin’ Jack” where a Jack-in-a-box just complains all day and in the poem “Rotten Convention” where there is a vast array of horrible characters such as Hamburger Face and Gruesome Grace attending a convention. I also loved Shel Silverstein’s artwork as it is mostly in black and white colorings and is truly surreal to look at. Probably my favorite illustrations in this book was of the image of the pet lion in the poem “Unfair” as it looked incredibly creepy and surreal at the same time and the characters from the poem “Rotten Convention” as they look truly frightening and surreal, especially the image of a man who has a knife going through his head.

Falling Up

Parents should know that like most of Shel Silverstein’s books, there are some poems that might either frighten children or cause them to perform the crazy stunts that the characters did in this book. Probably some of the most suggestive poems in this book would be “Crazy Dream” which involves a child having a dream about torturing his teachers and that might convince small children to do the same and “Spoiled Brat” where a child is eaten alive which would frighten small children. Parents should probably read this book before they show it to their children to see if they can handle the content in this book.

Overall, “Falling Up” is a truly brilliant book that contains some of Shel Silverstein’s most memorable poems and many adults and children will definitely enjoy the wacky humor of these poems! I would highly recommend this book to children ages six and up since there are some suggestive content in this book that adults might want to discuss with their children about.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog
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202 reviews61 followers
April 5, 2017
سقوط به بالا/ شل سیلور استاین/ ترجمه رضی هیرمندی/ نشر هستان/ 204 صفحه/ چاپ چهارم 1394/ تاریخ تموم کردن کتاب: چهارشنبه 16 فروردین 96
کتابی دوزبانه شامل آخرین مجموعه شعرهای عمو شلبی عزیز برای کودکان و نوجوانان. ویژگی این کتابش هم مثل اکثر کتاباش، بیان ساده و متفاوت ولی پرمحتواست. البته میشه گفت 60 درصد شعرای کتاب محتواش واقعا برای بچه ها جذابیت داره و برای سن های بالاتر صرفا جالب می تونه باشه و ذهن رو مشغول نمی کنه چندان. شعرهای خوب زیاد توش هست که برای بزرگترها هم جالب باشه هم فکرشون رو مشغول کنه و چیزی یاد بگیرن یا یادآوری بشه. از خوندن این کتاب لذت بردم. خداروشکر واقعا که شل سیلور استاینی بوده که این ها رو بنویسه و برای مدت کوتاهی هم که شده ما رو از جدی بودن زندگی دورتر کنه. راستی ترجمه ی کتاب برای اکثر شعرها افتضاح بود. مترجم سعی کرده ورژن فارسی شعرها رو هم مثل ورژن انگلیسی آهنگین و با قافیه کنه ولی به شدت ناموفق بوده و ترجمه لوس و خیلی جاها کاملا متفاوت با ورژن انگلیسی هست. منظورم از متفاوت یعنی اینکه نه تنها واژه ها عوض شده بلکه مفهوم و محتوا و کلا همه چی عوض شده انگار یه متن دیگه رو ترجمه کرده !!! ورژن انگلیسیش که اصلیش هست خوبه و شعرا اگر هم آهنگین هستن به طرز موفق و خوبی این کار رو خودِ شِل انجام داده.

پوریا روشنی
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508 reviews755 followers
May 31, 2016
با اینکه ترجمه ی نسبتا خوبی داشت، ولی بنظرم اصلا قابل ترجمه نیستن این شعرها.. وخوشحالم که متن انگلیسی شان هم بود که از خواندنشان لذت ببرم :)
نقاشی های قشنگش.. قوه ی تخیل بامزه ش که انگار از بند اون چارچوب های ذهنی رهامون می کرد...
از این واااقعا خوشم اومد :))
" پام گفت: هی، بریم برقصیم.
زبونم گفت: بیا بریم یه لقمه بزنیم.
مغزم گفت: بیا یه کتاب خوب بخونیم.
چشمم گفت: بیا یه چرتی بزنیم.
زانوم گفت: بیا یک کم راه بریم.
پشتم گفت: بیا سوار کاری کنیم.
نشیمنم گفت: خوب، من هم همین جا می شینم تا شما ها تصمیم تون رو بگیرید."
همچنین "داستان لک لک" رو هم خیلی دوست داشتم :)
متعلق به زمانی است که نرگس، نرگس اینا بود، من رعنا اینا، لیلی لیلی اینا.... :) :دلتنگ
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1,516 reviews11k followers
July 29, 2010
4.0 to 4.5 stars. I think this is my favorite Shel Silverstein offering. One of those books that can be enjoyed by children and adults depending on how deeply you dive into the meaning of the stories. Incredibly imaginative and very well done.
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97 reviews24 followers
December 25, 2020
اولی را که زنبور نیش زد گفت:
«زنبور نیشم نمیزد اگر در رختخواب مانده بودم.»
دومی را که زنبور نیش زد دادش در آمد که:
«این مجازات کدام کارم بود؟»
وقتی سومی را زنبور نیش زد گفت:
«امروز چیز تازه ای درباره زنبور آموختم.»
July 4, 2016
After seeing this on one of my friends list I couldn’t resist re-reading it. I read this book to my children when they were small. It’s both entertaining and educational. It’s a great way to introduce children to art, poetry and the limitless of one’s imagination.
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240 reviews6 followers
December 23, 2016
This is the third Silverstein book I've read to my brother, and he hasn't seemed to show me one bit that he's tired of it. He's really enjoyed this one, and I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times too. This is another great book to read at bedtime or I guess, anytime.
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4,075 reviews336 followers
May 1, 2021
I read this book a long time ago, i think I was about 11 or 12 or so. (Man, I feel old now) Silverstein really had a way in his writing that appeals to kids, but it's been so long since I read anything of his. I really need to re-read his books of poetry someday, although I do hope that I like them better than I did the GIving Tree (which, as an adult, leaves me with a 'meh' taste in my mouth)
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673 reviews13 followers
August 30, 2012

All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin' in the sun,
Talkin' 'bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done...
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away
From one little
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31 reviews2 followers
November 17, 2014
With black, sketched illustrations on cream colored pages, the words flow down the pages as they do off of the reader’s tongue. The lyrical type narration use rhyme and repetition to show the adventure of Pinocchio (on page 46). An illustration of the wooden toy boy sits on the bottom of the page, with his nose as long as one, two, three lies. About ten stanzas long, this tale is only a part of the 171 page long book of poems for young readers. The silly and quirky stories use different types of poetic structures to show different themes- from deep messages about telling the truth to respecting grownups. The real life type themes are twisted with a mix of humor, these aspects combined appealing to kids who can relate to the messages. The lack of color and detailed illustration is made up by the witty and unique use of words. The words alone paint a picture in the readers mind, and evoke the children reader’s creativity and help to grow their analytical skills. As they read, the children can pick up on the poetic style and may feel inspired to write their own poems. Kudos to Shel Silverstein, the author of Falling Up, for giving children an uplifting and relatable inspiration to become a poet themselves.
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1,406 reviews36 followers
August 27, 2021
A fun collection of poems that put a smile on the face!
I enjoyed the play of words and the varied themes on which these are based.
Particularly enjoyable are the verses that pun on numbers and words to rhyme and tell a story.
The illustrations are really good too, making me wish I had a physical copy of this book.
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162 reviews18 followers
September 16, 2022
Falling Up is another fantastic book of pure fun, laughter and adorable illustrations by Shel Silverstein!!
I'll share with you two of my favorites. From the first poem to the last, this book is sure to put a big smile on your face 😃
I tripped on my shoelace
And I fell up---

Up to the roof tops,
Up over the town,
Up passed the tree tops,
Up over the mountains,
Up where the colors
Blend into the sounds.
But it got me so dizzy
When I looked around,
I got sick to my stomach
And I threw down.
Also, watch out for The Toy Eater!! Needles and Pins!! And so many more!!
One more of my favorites is:
Highly recommend to all who love to laugh 😂
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736 reviews48 followers
March 29, 2022
A book of humorous poems and puns and quirky drawings with a cast of eccentric characters from Danny O’Dare the dancing bear, Screamin’ Millie, Terrible Toy-Eatin’ Tookle, Remote-a-Dade, to Allison Beals and her 25 Eels. Whether you are Falling Up Plugging In, or Hand Holding, this Warmhearted collection will not be Hard to Please its target audience of ages four to ten. However, like the Brothers Grimm some of the them may be quite gruesome and terrifying like the carnivorous rabbit, a spoiled brat boiled in a vat, the haunted house, poison, and a chopped head. Approach with care and humor.

I leave you with a couple to enjoy:

A Cat, A Kid, and a Mom -
“Why can’t you see I’m a cat,” said the cat,
“And that’s all I ever will be?
Why are you shocked when I roam out at night?
Why are you sad when I meow and fight?
Why are you sick when I eat up a rat?
I’m at cat.”

“Why can’t you see I’m a kid? said the kid.
“Why try to make me like you?
Why are you hurt when I don’t want to cuddle?
Why do you sigh when I splash through a puddle?
Why do you scream when I do what I did?
I’m a kid.”

“Why can’t you see I’m a mom? said the mom.
“Why try to make me wise?
Why try to teach me the ways of the cat?
Why try to tell me that ‘kids are like that’?
Why try to make me be patient and calm?
I’m a mom.”

Sorry I Spilled It -
The ham’s on your pillow,
The egg’s in your sheet
The bran muffin’s rollin’
Down under your feet,
There’s milk in the mattress,
And juice on the spread –
Well, you said that you wanted
Your breakfast in bed.
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271 reviews
February 26, 2016
واقعا سيلور استاين كه ميگن اينه ها
اصلن قوه ي تخيل اينو هيچكي نداره
جدا از اين كه از خارق العاده هم فراتره،چقدر ترسناكه
بعضي شعراش واقعا مورمورم كرد
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5,823 reviews284 followers
June 30, 2022
Who can resist Shel Silverstein? I've read Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic over and over and over, sharing them with kids at the library, but I'm pretty sure I never read Falling Up. If you haven't read it, happily I encourage you to pick it up and give it a read very soon...It's delightful.
6 reviews1 follower
April 15, 2010
i remember when i was in first grade, i had to do read a poem from his poem book Falling Up and i decided to pick a poem about this little kid going home and he notices a hat following him, the little kid gets all paranoid and relizes the hat has a tail. the little boy picks up the hat a comes to find that under the hat was either a little cat or a dog, i really cant remember, it was kind of a long time ago. but those poems made up my childhood. they made me think, analize, and got me to believe that the world is really this smooth wonderful place. this is a good mindset for a child and thats why i really like this book.
April 21, 2010
i can recite a poem right form it!!
Ickle me, pickle me, tickle me too
ent for a ride in a flying shoe, hooray what fun,
its time we flew,
cried Ickle me Pickle me Tickle me too,

Ickle was captain Pickle was crew Tickle serves cofee and mulligan stew and higher and higher and higher they flew,
Ickle me Pickle me Tickle me too.

Ickle me Pickle me Tickle me too,
Never returned to the world they knew,
and no one knows what happened to,
dear Ickle me, Pickle me Tickle me too,.

lawl, that was my favorite poem out of there!!
XD i have no idea why, maybe its the idea of a flying shoe...
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1,298 reviews174 followers
November 8, 2020
Mostly word-play, rhymes, and puns. Each poem gets a drawing. It's all wacky, wild, fun, yet gruesome at times. It's like Roald Dahl, but in poetry form and even more gross. Silverstein is obviously skilled, but this is not my favorite kind of poetry.

I still want to read Where the Sidewalk Ends.
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Author 1 book643 followers
February 6, 2013
I received Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic as presents as a child and they are still treasured possessions. We've read them together and our girls love the poems, especially our youngest. So for her birthday this year, I bought her this book. I think I read it years ago, but since I didn't own it, I don't know the poems nearly as well.

Our youngest only 'allows' us to read a couple of poems together each night, so it took us quite a long time to finish this book. It was just as enjoyable as the other books and we all looked forward to reading a couple of poems each night.
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