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A Light in the Attic: 20th Anniversary Edition with CD

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    A must read!

    I bought this book for my first grandson. It was a favorite with my sons when they were children so it was a great tradition to carry on. Shel Silverstein is a great writer of children's books and poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    A Light in the attic is a book that seems like a children┬┐s book

    A Light in the attic is a book that seems like a children’s book but it was designed for all reading levels. Silverstein presents obvious lessons to small children through humor and the use of imagination, but he sneaks in life lessons for those who can make a connection from his poems to the real world. For example in the poem Ticklish Tom, Tom is so ticklish that whoever tickles him he rolls further and further away until he rolls onto train tracks and is hit by a train. To a child, one might think that the lesson is just not to be as ticklish. But to a person who can recognize metaphors one might think that when Silverstein refers to tickling he really means say bullying, or hazing, or something to that effect. And at the end he refers to Tom being hit by a train and I think that means that despite all the running Tom did from being tickled it eventually killed him, and I think that this means that you can’t keep running from your problems and that eventually you have to stand up to them or it will eventually kill you. This is just one of the many poems that have a deeper meaning behind them that Silverstein designed to force you to look deeper into the poem and left the poem open for interpretation. Another one of those poems is “The Nailbiter”. In “The Nailbiter” Silverstein describes one experience of a guy who bites his nails. The guy starts off by saying that other people trim their nails differently but he bites his off completely. And the ending line of the poem is “Remember, I have never ever scratched a single soul.” It is this line that gives this poem a deeper meaning to it. I think that the nailbiter is a person who is afraid to let anyone get too close to him and because of this he bites off his “nails” or anyone close to him before he can scratch them. The last poem that I’m going to talk about and the one that I find that has the biggest hidden meaning is “Captain Blackbeard Did What?” This poem depicts how the famous pirate Captain Blackbeard has shaved off his beard entirely, and how no one respects him anymore. I believe that this is Silverstein’s way of saying that society is afraid of change in their environment. Blackbeard’s crew was so used to his beard that they laughed at him when they saw that he shaved it. This poem also says that anything Blackbeard did wasn’t as scary or feared now as it was beard just because his beard was gone. These are only three poems out of the many, many poems in this book Silverstein may have hidden a deeper more sophisticated life lesson in, and I have enjoyed analyzing and laughing at all of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Must buy the book that includes the CD!

    I still remember hearing these poems read and sung on cassette 20 years ago in 3rd grade! The way they read and sing the poems is wonderful! Such fun poems; Shel Silverstein never disappoints!

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    you must check it out!!

    This is a great book to read. The poems are funny, silly, shorts and interesting. Perfect for all ages!
    I would recommend all kids to read this book with your families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    Very Good Book

    This was a very good book. Actually, I like the whole set. Once again, a VERY good book!

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