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Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations. Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There you'll meet a boy who Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations. Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There 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 is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist. Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is one of Parent & Child magazine's 100 Greatest Books for Kids. School Library Journal said, "Silverstein has an excellent sense of rhythm and rhyme and a good ear for alliteration and assonance that make these poems a pleasure to read aloud." Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. In 1964, Shel's creativity continued to flourish as four more books were published in the same year—Don't Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and the beloved classic The Giving Tree. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and Runny Babbit.


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Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations. Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There you'll meet a boy who Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations. Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There 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 is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist. Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is one of Parent & Child magazine's 100 Greatest Books for Kids. School Library Journal said, "Silverstein has an excellent sense of rhythm and rhyme and a good ear for alliteration and assonance that make these poems a pleasure to read aloud." Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. In 1964, Shel's creativity continued to flourish as four more books were published in the same year—Don't Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and the beloved classic The Giving Tree. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and Runny Babbit.

30 review for Where the Sidewalk Ends

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    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?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raeleen Lemay

    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

  3. 4 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 4+ of 5 stars to Where the Sidewalk Ends, a collection of poetry published in 1974 by Shel Silverstein. What a wonderful book to read with children at any age; that is, both any age for the reader and the children! I first read this book when I was about 10-years-old, and then again in college. From the brilliant characters to the alliteration and rhyme, to the memorable lines and funny situations, it's one of those books where you will find something new each time you read it. I c Book Review 4+ of 5 stars to Where the Sidewalk Ends, a collection of poetry published in 1974 by Shel Silverstein. What a wonderful book to read with children at any age; that is, both any age for the reader and the children! I first read this book when I was about 10-years-old, and then again in college. From the brilliant characters to the alliteration and rhyme, to the memorable lines and funny situations, it's one of those books where you will find something new each time you read it. I cannot imagine being this creative. I can dream up stories about real people and situations and have written several, but to have an imagination where animals and things can talk, have emotions, interact in peculiar ways... to find the words to compare and contrast... to describe and draw precious creations... is true talent. I admire Silverstein's massive fantasy world of freedom. He was so unconstrained in his ability to develop a world with just enough charm and beauty to win us all over. It's a book all about perception, but without taking the didactic and pedantic approach. Children see things differently than adults. Adults have limits. Children have experiences. But what happens on the other side... where something is too far to see, or too close to imagine? Who lives in the crack between cement blocks? The world of freedom does... and that's where Silverstein wants us to go, where we are all equal, without preconceived notions... to be able to explore as if we are seeing something for the first time... and connecting with everyone around us. That's how to motivate readers with this book... children learning to see more than what they actually see. I could go on and on... but I'll stop. It's just a wonderful way to learn. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    “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.”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 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 tried to help me clean up and then the bell rang and she went back to class and I had to walk in to class with my bloody face. My teacher looked at me - and I was trying to skulk so quietly in - and he said "Who did that to you?!?!?" and I said Chris N. and he grabbed him by the shirt and lifted him off the ground and slammed him into the wall. He said something like "You don't hit girls!" and took him to the principles office. The funny thing?!?! That weekend I got chicken pox (the second time!) and when I got back they gave me two weeks detention for getting in a fight. (I am so not shitting you.) And when I went to detention - they made me sit in the hall by myself rather than sitting in detention with all the assholes who got busted for real shit. Man I have had the most fucked up life. Huh? Oh. this book rocks. Read it. Read it to your kids. Read it to people you love. And always remember that there IS a polar bear in the frigidare. (I live in Minnesota so that really means something.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    This collection of children's poems from Shel Silverstein is a real treat. Each of the creatures and characters is fascinating and never overly moralistically drawn. There are lots of laughs here - both my kids adored these poems and were sad when I turned the last page. "More!!" they cried.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Austin

    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 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 Silverstein, I don't want to meet them. Or, more to the point, you shouldn't meet them if that is an option. Children need to experience this kind of creepy / weird / funny / sad stuff, not just for their own sake, but for the sake of having a conduit through which they can make sense of most of the rest of the world. Knowing that Shel sees things this way, too, makes it all easier to take, and makes your own oddness that much more tolerable. We, as humans, need to come to terms with inexplicable and unfathomable in the world, and it wasn't until Shel that we began to realize that the only way to gently help our children do just that, is to let a perverted old weirdo with a large stack of Playboys in his basement lead the way.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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 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 Home Companion to myself. Then they would try to make me perform them for guests. "Sing the song from the Garrison Keillor tape!" they would say. "No," I would respond, suddenly shy. "Come on, sing it!" they'd smile. ("He's being shy, he usually sings this all day!") "No, I don't want to," I'd insist. "Come on, Joel, sing the song from the tape." "NOOOOO!" I would shout, now in tears. "SING IT OR YOU'RE IN TROUBLE!" One of the things they would force me to perform like a trained monkey I liked to recite best was Shel Silverstein poetry. I had a cassette tape of Where the Sidewalk Ends (read by the author) that I listened to over and over, to the point where I had all the timing and inflections down and everything. I still have them memorized. The Crocodile's Toothache Oh, the crocodile went to the dentist and he sat down into the chair. And the dentist said, [jovially] "Now tell me sir, why does it hurt and where?" And the crocodile said, "I'll tell you the truth, I've a terrible terrible ache in my tooth!" And he opened his jaws so wide, so wide, the dentist he climbed right inside! And the dentist laughed, [gleefully] "Oh, isn't this fun?" as he pulled the teeth out one by one. And the crocodile cried, [frantic] "You're hurting me so! Please put down your pliers and let me go!" But the dentist just laughed with a [deep voice] "Ho ho ho!" and said, "I still have 12 to go! Oops, that's the wrong one, I confess but what's one crocodile tooth more or less?" And then suddenly the jaws went snap! [pause] And the dentist was gone, right off the map. From north, [pause] to south, [pause] to east, [pause] to west, [pause] he left no for- ward- ing address. But [long pause] what's one dentist, more or less? FROM MEMORY! It is better if you can hear it. Come by sometime and maybe my parents will force me to perform for you like some kind of sideshow robot freak. Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوامبر سال 2009 میلادی عنوان: جایی که پیاده رو تموم میشه؛ سرایش و اثر: شل سیلورستاین؛ مترجم: حمید خادمی؛ تهران، کتاب پنجره، 1378، در 184 ص؛ شابک: 9649225730؛ چاپ دوم 1379؛ چاپ سوم و چهارم 1380؛ چاپ ششم 1382؛ چاپ هشتم 1387؛ شابک: 9789649225739؛ نهم 1388؛ یازدهم 1392؛ چاپ دیگر دوزبانه (انگلیسی - فارسی): تهران، پنجره، 1384، شابک: 9647822219؛ موضوع: شعر طنز از نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 م شل سیلو Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوامبر سال 2009 میلادی عنوان: جایی که پیاده رو تموم میشه؛ سرایش و اثر: شل سیلورستاین؛ مترجم: حمید خادمی؛ تهران، کتاب پنجره، 1378، در 184 ص؛ شابک: 9649225730؛ چاپ دوم 1379؛ چاپ سوم و چهارم 1380؛ چاپ ششم 1382؛ چاپ هشتم 1387؛ شابک: 9789649225739؛ نهم 1388؛ یازدهم 1392؛ چاپ دیگر دوزبانه (انگلیسی - فارسی): تهران، پنجره، 1384، شابک: 9647822219؛ موضوع: شعر طنز از نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 م شل سیلور استاین، متولد 1932 در شیکاگو ست، شهرتش در سروده هایش یا نهفته یا پیداست (هرچه شما بخواهید). سروده هایی که برای کودکان و نوجوانان است. البته ایشان خود میگویند: «امیدوارم مردم در هر سنی چیزی را در کتابهایم بیابند، تا با آن احساس نزدیکی کنند. حسی شخصی از کشف و شهود را تجربه کنند. این عالی ست البته برای خودشان نه من»؛ دو سرود از «جایی که پیاده رو تموم میشه» ترجمه حمید خادمی آلیس آلیس یه بطری که روش نوشته شده بود «مرا بنوشید» نوشید. بعدش کلی قد کشید، یا از یه ظرفی که روش نوشته شده بود «مرا بچشید» خورد. بعدش آب رفت و کوچیک شد. اون به هر حال تغییری کرد. در حالی که باقی مردم دور و بر من، اصولا هیچ وقت نشده چیزی رو امتحان کنن ... ماهی ماهی کوچیکه ماهی ریزه رو میخوره، ماهی گنده هم ماهی کوچیکه رو میخوره. پس فقط ماهی ای که از همه بزرگتره چاق میشه. لابد بین مردم هم، همچین کسایی هستند دیگر ا. شربیانی

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sita

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Khadidja

    The best poetry book i have read so far.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marvin

    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

  13. 5 out of 5

    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 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 wiggly bold beastie of a child within, and read this book, again and again...

  14. 4 out of 5

    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 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 کردم. حین خوندن کتاب هاش، این ایده که که ساعت 11 شب، یه بچه 5 ساله رو ببری توی اتاق خوابش، روشنایی اتاقش رو خاموش کنی، شبخواب ـش رو روشن کنی و براش از شعرهای عمو شلبی بخونی تا خوابش ببره رهام نمی کنه. شعرهای سیلوراستاین به بزرگترین انگیزه ـم از بچه داشتن تبدیل شده و این مبالغه نیست به این فکر می کنم که بچه ای که این شعرها رو از همون دوران خردسالی براش خونده باشن و این مضامین توی ضمیرش نقش بسته باشه، چقدر می تونه سطح فکری بالاتری از هم سن و سال هاش داشته باشه و چقدر می تونه در آینده برای "زمین" مفید باشه. مضامینی که سیلوراستاین بهشون پرداخته انقدر متنوع و زیادن که حتی از تمام چیزهایی که شما به عنوان والدین قراره به بچه یاد بدید هم بیشتره و کامل تره! و جالب این جاست که بعضی هاشون انقدر عمیق هستن که حتی واسه منِ 21 ساله هم آموزنده هستن. یکی از شعرهایی که حس کردم خودم هم می تونم ازش یاد بگیرم این بود: Just ME, Just Me Sweet Marie, she loves just me (she also loves Maurice McGhee) No she don't, she loves just me (She also loves Louise Dupree) No she don't, she loves just me (She also loves the willow tree) No she don't, she loves just me (Poor, poor fool, why can't you see She can love others and still love thee) من حداقل تا یکی دو سال پیش توی درک و هضم مضمومنی که توی شعر بالا بهش پرداخته شده عاجز بودم و آدمایی رو هم می شناسم که این مشکل رو دارن، بنابراین این نشون میده که شعرهای سیلوراستاین با اینکه در وهله اول برای بچه ها نوشته شدن، ولی مخاطبشون می تونه خیلی خیلی گسترده تر از "فقط بچه ها" باشه واقعاً باور دارم که اگه مردم دنیا شعرهای سیلوراستاین رو مثل یه قرارداد نا نوشته از همون بچگی برای بچه هاشون بخونن، مفهوم دنیایی ازصلح و یه حسی مثه نفرت از جنگ و خون ریزی توی ذهن ها بچه ها نقش می بنده و شاید یه دنیای بهتر رو داشته باشیم. این شعر رو بخونید مثلاً: Hug O' War 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. و هر شعر هم نقاشی خاص خودش رو داره که برای بچه هایی که سواد خوندن کتاب رو ندارن، جذابیت مضاعف ایجاد می کنه و بن مایه شعر رو می تونن از نقاشی مربوط به شعر درک کنن من خودم جزء اون بچه های خوش شانسی بودم که پدر مادرم و عمه عزیزم توی بچگی برام کتاب داستان می گرفتن و می خوندن و با کتاب بزرگ شدم. با این وجود، کتاب داستان هایی که من خوندم این درجه از غنا رو نداشتن. کتاب داستان های اوایل دهه هفتاد بودن که معمولاً حول محور "حسن کچل" می چرخیدن و الان تنها چیزی که ازشون یادم مونده اینه: کچل کچل کلاچه روغن کله پاچه که اینجا شاید نویسنده می خواست این پیام رو بده که نباید کچل ها رو مسخره کرد به خاطر مو نداشتنشون، ولی بر عکس این شعره توی ضمیر ناخودآگاه نقش می بست و هر وقت یه آدم کچل یا بچه ای که موهاش رو زده بودن رو می دیدم، این شعره رو می خوندم! این کتاب رو از یه حراجی پیدا کردم و دلیل اینکه خریدمش هم دو زبانه بودنش (یه طرف متن اصلی، یه طرف متن ترجمه شده) بود. پیشنهادم اینه که هر نوع شعر خارجی رو اگه به زبان اصلی نمی خونید، حتی الامکان به صورت دو زبانه بخونید و فقط به متن فارسی اکتفا نکنید. همه ـمون می دونیم که ترجمه شعر چقدر کار سختیه و چقدر از زیبایی ها و احساسات اصیل شعر در ترجمه از بین میره یا تغییر می کنه. به شخصه قسمت انگلیسی کتاب رو خوندم، ولی ترجمه ها هم خیلی خیلی عالی صورت گرفته بود و حتی یک اشکال ترجمه هم توش پیدا نکردم. نسخه من از نشر "هوای تازه" و با ترجمه "رضی خدادادی" بود. در پایان، یکی از شعرهای کوتاه و زیبای کتاب رو به عنوان حسن ختام می نویسم: LISTEN TO THE MUSTN'TS Listen to the MUST'NTS, child, Listen to the DON'TS Listen to the SHOULDN'TS The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON'TS Listen to the NEVER HAVES Then listen close to me_ Anything can happen, child, ANYTHING can be

  15. 5 out of 5

    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 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 write with such heart that he could make me cry with a one page poem. Admittedly, I have a soft heart when it comes to children's books. Some of his clever rhymes reveal the magic of the young and how some kids are able to live in a world all their own...that wonderful place called childhood. And yet it all has an adult spin on it, a sense of longing that only adults can have for the childhood that is long gone for them. Deeper meanings, folks... “Magic Sandra’s seen a leprechaun, Eddie touched a troll, Laurie danced with witches once, Charlie found some goblins gold. Donald heard a mermaid sing, Susy spied an elf, But all the magic I have known I've had to make myself.” There are some that have big morals that spouted long conversations between my kids and I: “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.” And some that were just for fun and had us all giggling like crazy loons. We've already gone back and reread some favorites...And I love how the pictures come right from the authors head, as well as the words. His imagination does it much better than ours could have! Highly recommended for any parents and kids who need a dose of imagination, humor, and insight. I'd even recommend this to just an adult who likes to laugh.

  16. 5 out of 5

    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 “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 bizarre creatures and humans to summarize each poem in a humorous way. The poem that I thought stood out the most was the poem about Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who refused to take the garbage out and meets a grisly end (even though he never mentions what happened to her) and that poem expresses the moral that it is important to take the garbage out when it is needed and how one must listen to their parents when doing chores. Shel Silverstein’s illustrations are hilarious and crude as he illustrates each character with long limbs and exaggerated expressions and I also love the way that Shel Silverstein puts the illustrations in black and white format which is mostly found in chapters books for both children and adults. Parents should know that there is a great deal of suggestive content in this book mainly revolving around the topic of morbid humor and the topic of God. The two poems that might be the most controversial would be “Ma and God” and “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout would not take the Garbage Out.” In “Ma and God,” the poem talks about how Ma always tells her child to not do bad things, even though God has created the bad things for the child to do. For instance, one passage mentions that mother tells their children to eat their vegetables, but God creates sweets for children to eat. This poem might give children the wrong message about God and parents might want to teach their children about religion before they read them this poem. In “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout would not take the Garbage out,” the garbage overflows the house and eventually the city when Sarah refused to take the garbage out. This poem might worry small children who think that if the garbage overflows their house, then they will meet a tragic fate too. However, the poem merely tries to teach children to obey their parents and parents should try to comfort their children about this poem and the importance of taking the trash out. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” is another great classic book of poems from Shel Silverstein and it will surely help engage children into the world of poetry. I would recommend this book for children ages six and up due to the suggestive themes of God and some morbid humor that younger children might not understand. Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  17. 4 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    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 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 first time when I was five years old, and I loved it so much I stole my friend's copy from her house. (Her family had more money and didn't even appreciate them, but I know that's no excuse. When I told my Mom this story, she was like "Why didn't you tell me? We could have tried to get the books for you!" I had no answer. A five year olds reasoning, even mine, is sometimes beyond me.) In any case, I absolutely love this book and the other books by Silverstein as well. If you never read anything to your children other than these books, you will at least have instilled a love of poetry in your child. My five year old is now making up poems and reciting them to anyone who will listen. A great addition and absolute must-have for any children's (or adult children's - like me!) library. Highly recommended! ClassicsDefined.com

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alexxy

    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 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 quicksand, And no matter how I tried I couldn’t get out, until I met A water snake named Clyde, Who pulled me to some cannibals Who planned to have me fried. But an eagle came and swooped me up And through the air we flied, But he dropped me in a boiling lake A thousand miles wide. And you’ll never guess what I did then- I DIED.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    [Shai] The Bibliophage

    The collection of poems in this children's poetry book are really unique and amusing. One of the poems that I like is entitled Smart :

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maryam Hosseini

    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 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 آرزوهای دیگه استفاده کرد، هی اومد روش .تا رسید به پنج میلیارد و هفت میلیون و هجده هزار و سی و چهار آرزو بعد اینهارو روی زمین پهن کرد ،شروع به کف زدن و دور اونها رقصیدن کرد ،و بنا کرد جست و خیز کردن و آواز خوندن .بعد نشست به آرزوی آروزهای بیشتر کردن .باز هم بیشتر ... باز هم بیشتر... تا اینکه چند برابر شدند در حالیکه باقی مردم این میون می خندیدند، داد و هوار می کردند ،همدیگرو دوست می داشتند ، به دیدن هم می رفتند و عاطفه نثارِ هم می کردند لستر وسط این ثروتش نشست و اونهارو .عین کپه طلا گذاشت روی هم تا اینکه شد قدّ یه کوه .باری ، هی نشست و شمردشون - تا اینکه پیر شد یه پنجشنبه شبی هم ، دیدند که مُرده .آرزوهاش هم کنارش تلنبار شده همه رو شمردند و دیدند که حتی یه دونه هم گم نشده همه شون از نویی برق می زدند- بفرمایین، چند تا بردارین ،در این میون به یاد لستر هم باشین ،که در این دنیای سیب و بوسه و کفش !!!اون آرزوهاش رو با آرزو کردن حروم کرد همه ش

  22. 5 out of 5

    TL

    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 :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Red Panda

    A truly delightful collection of hilarious nonsense poetry accompanied by some rather lovely illustrations. I really enjoyed this and am glad I decided to buy it for my wife for Christmas. :-D

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    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 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 she said she would." Yay! I love Shel Silverstein.

  25. 5 out of 5

    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".

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zainab Shah

    Here's the thing, this book is adorable. It's cute and has got the most appealing drawings buuuut since I'm too old for this, I didn't really appreciate it that much. I'm not a fan of the 'glums and blums'- ya know,the kids stuff and never was. All in all,it's cute but it's not something I like to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Scarlet Cameo

    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 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 ver o resoluciones inesperadas. Constante repetición de la misma idea para recalcar el sentido y la busqueda de la carcajada...es una pena que no me haya gustado, a pesar de que hay poemas que son divertidos (como el del niño hipocondríaco, la del cocodrilo y el dentista, el poeta dentro del león y algunos otros) fueron muy pocos los disfruté, algunos incluso los sentí excesivamente largos (como el del unicornio, iugg!! ese me fastidio mucho) haciendo que por ratos sintiera muy pesada esta lectura. ¿A que se debe que en esta ocasión no disfrutará el poemario? Considero que tiene más que ver con la selección que con los textos en sí. Puede que en un futuro le de otra oportunidad.

  28. 5 out of 5

    april

    So purely astounding. Loved each and every word of it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    bookaholic_kim

    a complete package of classic poetry that is funny and easy to comprehend.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vfields Don't touch my happy!

    With the political climate of the world today I feel completely stressed out before I go to bed so I've tried to read about 30 minutes of this book each night. I found it to be whimsical, wonderful, and the perfect way to put my mind in a peaceful mood with something warm funny, fuzzy, silly and Silverstein...ish. Sweet dreams.

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