Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings by Shel Silverstein (Hardback)
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 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 at once outrageously funny and profound.
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Reading Level: 6+
"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..."
"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 appropriate for my six year old. This is a book we will keep for years to come as my kids are sure to take enjoyment from it over and over."
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