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The Missing Piece

(The Missing Piece #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  28,447 ratings  ·  909 reviews
From Shel Silverstein, the celebrated author of The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends, comes The Missing Piece, a charming fable that gently probes the nature of quest and fulfillment.

It was missing a piece. And it was not happy. What it finds on its search for the missing piece is simply and touchingly told. This inventive and heartwarming book can be read on many l
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published April 14th 1976)
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Jason Koivu
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant, edge-of-your-seat masterpiece! Dynamic character development and a knock-your-socks-off climatic twist! I couldn't get enough of The Missing Piece when I was eight years old! However, that Shel Silverstein is a one creepy looking dude. There's a certain sort of child molester-esque look about him. His picture on the jacket sleeve alone could deter readers and nearly made me drop the rating down a half star, but I wear big boy pants now and the Silverstein booger monsters of the worl ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The missing piece, Shel Silverstein
The Missing Piece is a children’s picture book by poet Shel Silverstein. The story centers on a circular animal-like creature that is missing a wedge-shaped piece of itself. It doesn’t like this, and sets out to find its missing piece, singing:
Oh, I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
Hi-dee-ho, here I go
lookin' for my missin' piece
It starts out on a grand adventure searching for the perfect piece to complete itself, while singing and
Matthew Hunter
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can see why many consider The Missing Piece to promote individualism over relationship. But there's more to the story here. It's not so much that Silverstein's telling us to avoid relationships like the plague, he's cautioning us not to seek completion in other people, ideas, or things. Relationships are hard anyway, and when we approach them from a needy place, we might hold on to them so tightly that the break from the pressure of being another's all-in-all. Or we might get distracted by our ...more
Zidane Abdollahi
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
... and away it rolled
and because it was now complete
it rolled faster and faster and faster
faster than it had ever rolled before!
So fast that it could not stop to talk a worm
or smell a flower
too fast for butterfly to land
so it set the piece down gently and slowly rolled away :))))))

Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is hard to believe that simple graphics and a few chosen words have such significance and understanding.

The drawings are black.
And white.

You could use it as a learning tool.
Or not.

The theme is pure.
But in a child’s text.

It is a gentle reminder that the best relationships don't finalize who you are.


Can the quest for happiness lead you to independence?
Jul 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
I did not like this one nearly as much as I liked the story behind "The Missing Piece Meets the Big O". The message seemed to be that finding that special someone is bad because you miss all the things you liked when you were "single". ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was sooooooo gooooood :D
Yugon_ C2
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much!

Even to this very day, I am still reading Shel Silverstein’s works and I am finding them much more interesting than ever before! Now, I have recently picked up another book by Shel Silverstein called “The Missing Piece” and man, was this one enjoyable read!

Basically, this book is about a circle who is missing a piece of itself and how it tries to find its missing piece through snowy weather and through mountains. While on the way, the circle meets up with several triangular shaped pieces that th
Jon Nakapalau
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great fable about finding who you really it just me or does this figure look a lot like Pacman?
Josh Caporale
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Missing Piece was quite a delight. It is a great exploration within the simplicity, but yet the great depth of what Shel Silverstein has to offer when it comes to basic wisdom for young readers. In this case, a Pac-Man-like character is looking for a "missing piece" in order to seek a sense of completion, but it realizes that one does not necessarily need a particular attribute or object in order to seek perfection and that perfection is something that comes from within. I can definitely see ...more
Growing up I remember Shel Silverstein's books distinctly because I have never seen those types of illustrations in the front cover and even though I was too little to read them I was fascinated at looking at the pictures. Then going a few years back I read some recommendations of pictures book that will impact your life and this book was included in the list. I only remember now to read it after I recently read The Giving Tree and found that the library has this book.

Even though the story did
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love The Missing Piece. What youngsters will see as a fantasy story about a Pacman-like creature (identified only as "It") who is searching for its missing piece, adults will identify as a book about the trajectory of relationships.

Older readers may get a bit misty when "it" finds a piece but doesn't hold on tightly enough, so it slips away--only to have the next piece break when it clings to it too tightly.

Finally, it discovers a piece that fits just right, but they become so entangled in e
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one odd children's book. No matter how many times I read it (and it's been a lot), I see sexual overtones. And the sequel is called The Missing Piece Meets the Big O! Was Silverstein on drugs when he wrote these? I must have a dirty mind, though, because no other reviewers think this. I do like it for the very cute, playful illustrations. ...more
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I'm a bit iffy on this one. I think it is a great message that we are whole as we are, but this book seems to suggest that you don't need anyone else in life. In fact, it seems to say we're better off alone, and that is a message I find hard to swallow. ...more
Elyse  Walters
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As you can see....there is not a 'Shel Silverstein' book I have not read. (we owned them al). My kids --my husband --an I were all big fans! (we would 'act' the out to each other at different times). ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"I am not your missing piece. I am nobody's piece."
"Oh my, now that it was complete, it could not sing at all."
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read in my life. Silverstein is a genius at metaphor. About a year after my separation from my husband, I was going through some boxes and I came across this book. I had written the date on it that the book club had sent it to my son. I had taped a picture of my son (at the age he was when he received the book... about 4 years old).

I pushed the box aside and read the book. I realized that everything was going to be ok. I was the "piece". Somethi
Dec 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing

Now that I got that out of the way... There is a lot of messages that can be conveyed in this story, plus there are a lot of catchy rhymes that I am sure all children can
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
How did I miss this gem? With minimal illustrations and very few words, Silverstein works his magic creating a character "who is NOT a happy face" looking for his missing piece. He has a fabulous time searching.

A wonderful life lesson - we might think we need something to be complete, but if you are enjoying life aren't you already complete?
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the works by Shel Silverstein! If u enjoyed these poems check out some others I read and enjoyed just as much - A Light in the attic, The Missing Piece, Falling Up and od course my most favorite children's book The Giving Tree! You won't be disappoited! ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You could still be broken or missing
Adavantages others have .. But you
Could still create your own dreams
Chasing them and make them true.
You will learn to accept what you have
And use it to make all what you wanted.
Khadija Sharafi
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like how children's books have a way of teaching life lessons in an effortless manner. A great book not only for kids, but for adults as well to remind them of the importance of individualism and self-acceptance. Another great book by Shel Silverstein! ...more
Eglantine Sabet
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, children
I really loved it... This is one great children's story and I think it should be read to all children. This list name also says it all: "Books Adults and Teens Still Read Even Though They Are Really For Kindergarteners or First Graders" ...more
Sara Bakhshi
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: at-library
I loved it.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect <3
Dee's Reading Zone
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Missing Pieces" starts with an almost circle whose missing a piece of itself. He's sad about it and goes on adventures singing...

"Oh, I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
Hi-dee-ho, here I go
lookin' for my missin' piece"

“I can be someone's and still be my own.”

But along the way, the circle with a missing piece discovers something truly amazing about himself... but you will have to read it to find out...

Loved it!

5 life lessons stars!
Ana  Lelis
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an interesting and reflexive book, I think everybody should take a few minutes to read it. Although I missed a conclusion or something, maybe what ''I'm missing''(haha) is in the next book! And OI can't wait to read it. ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A perfect example of “But as is true of many romantics, it was the idea of the thing as much or more than the thing itself that he loved.”
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Hi," it said.
"Hi," said the piece.
"Are you anybody else's missing piece?"
"Not that I know of."
"Well, maybe you want to be your own piece?"
"I can be someone's and still be my own."
"Well, maybe you don't want to be mine."
"Maybe I do."
"Maybe we won't fit...."
It fit!
It fit perfectly!
At last! At last!
And away it rolled
and because it was now complete,
it rolled faster and faster.
Faster than it had ever rolled before!
So fast that it could not stop to talk to a worm
or smell a f
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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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