Missing Piece

Missing Piece

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by Shel Silverstein
     
 

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It was missing a piece.
And it was not happy.
So it set off in search of its missing piece.
And as it rolled it sang this song -
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.

What it finds on its search for the missing piece is simply and touchingly told in

Overview

It was missing a piece.
And it was not happy.
So it set off in search of its missing piece.
And as it rolled it sang this song -
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.

What it finds on its search for the missing piece is simply and touchingly told in this fable that gently probes the nature of quest and fulfillment.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
"It was missing a piece. And it was not happy." So begins this delightful fable of quest and fulfillment with its lovely sparse line illustrations to supplement the text. Singing nonsense rhyme repetitions like "So grease my knees and fleece my bees I'm lookin' for my missin' piece," it travels far and wide searching for its missing piece. Sadly, when it finds its missing piece and can roll very fast it discovers that life at a fast pace does not have time for pleasurable things like talking with friends, entertaining a butterfly, and singing a happy song. In fact, when it was complete it could not sing at all, so it set the piece down gently, slowly rolled away and sang its song, "Oh I'm lookin' for my missin' piece . . .," once again singing to its butterfly friend. There are many choices to be made in a child's life and gentle guidance without tedious preaching is important to their development. This book can be a helpful tool in the process. The message that everyone has some "missing piece" is important for self-esteem, and when the message is packaged in an entertaining, readable book, it is doubly valuable. You may also see the sequel, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O. 2004, Evil Eye Music, Ages 5 to 7.
—Mildred Hart

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060256715
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Series:
Ursula Nordstrom Book Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
44,554
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
AD100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 25, 1930
Date of Death:
May 10, 1999
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Place of Death:
Key West, Florida
Education:
Chicago School of Fine Arts; University of Illinois (no degree)
Website:
http://www.shelsilverstein.com

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Missing Piece 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolutely amazing book. It is always easier to find the beauty in something and yet critics continue to dig for the ugly! Perhaps if those who give this book a poor rating were happy in their own lives they could see the beauty in this book. Look beyoind relationships - just look at yourself - this fits on SO many levels and I applaud the author. Bravo Bravo
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not about the need to separate from the other to be happy. It's about becoming a complete person BEFORE you go looking for the other. If you don't find the missing piece in yourself, you're dependent on exploiting another person. Silverstein's character was fortunate enough to encounter a whole person who inspired this transformation. You CAN complete yourself through a growth experience (which is what a relationship is supposed to be), but you still have to do the work (like a triangle that rounds off the rough edges of itself).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this to my ten year old grandson who was having a very difficult time with the recent death of his Grandfather. As we sat on the floor together I explained that just like the circle, my grandson would have a missing piece in his life too. And that after a while he would still feel that piece missing, but it wouldn't hurt quite so much. The book was the key to unlocking the tears he had tried so hard to hold back those three days. It started a process of healing and understanding with the knowledge that death is a part of life. Almost a year later he finds it easier to talk about his beloved Grandpa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book! Both of my children enjoyed this book growing up and now they both want to own their own copies...
ginnie More than 1 year ago
unique and brilliant writing - check out all his work - great for all ages
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-Susan- More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter was an avid book lover and reader at a very young age. Always on the lookout for the best of the best during those early years, I became very familiar with Shel Silverstein's writings. She loved his works and I loved them too. Most wonderful of all, before she was reading on her own, it never became boring or monotonous reading his books TO her. As I finish this review, from an academic perspective I'd have to say these are excellent choices for thought and language development, especially his books of poetry.
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This book is wonderful...for children and adults! I read it to my kindergartners, and they LOVE it, I also gave it to a very special adult for Christmas, and it even made him cry! Lovely story for anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Has every piece necessary to be an all time favorite. My friend and I read it in class one day (even making our own little toon for the song) and instantly fell in love with it. Everytime I see this book I always crack a grin, even though a chunk of the plot isn't much to be smiling about. This book is something I hope to read to my children one day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A perfect tale for someone in your life about to take the next step in life. The book shows us how life should be a journey not so much a quest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
During my first date with my boyfriend he read me this book it was so true and romantic all at the same time.He even bought me the book for my birthday. This will be a book that my future children will read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some of the best peoms are in this one
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Shel Silverstein has been one of my favorite poem writers. I have even used one of his poems for an oral report in Speech class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written by the author and divorcee, Shel Silverstein, this book trys to instill, via allegory, the idea that a permanent split or divorce is unquestionably good. Although this story can be read as a lamentable opinion of the author on the union of couples, it can be also read as a story of an abusive relationship wherein one of the partners in the union is controlling to the point that the other partner cannot stop to talk to friends, smell the flowers or act in any independent manner. Whatever the author meant to convey when he wrote this book, 'The Missing Piece,' it is at best a gloomy read, if not an outright pessimistic one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't let the book title fool you. This book/poem is about FINDING the missing piece which you can pretty much figure out means finding one's soulmate (i.e. 'you complete me'). Clever no? Give me a break!! After a long a painful process of searching (going thru life, meeting the wrong pieces), the er..., subject of our story (which it turns out looks a bit like Pac-Man or 5/8 of a pizza) finds a perfect fit. WOW! Now being complete it can move faster up and down the hills but, darn the luck, it just can't seem to slow down and enjoy life like it used to. It also can't even have a voice of it's own as the two pieces have their own mouths (like a couple in a relationship anyone?). So what to do? Gently separate from each other and continue to roll on through life. The book ends with Pac-Man singing for his missing piece. La, la, la. WHAT?!? This is a great book to give your partner or someone you know if they are on the verge of splitting up. It is also a wonderful tale for people in the process of a divorce. Don't let your emotion cloud your comprehension of this story. Silverstein is very direct here...and I just don't agree with his story and views ('cause that's what he's giving here) and I don't believe in soulmates...I believe in love. Two stars.