Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings

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by Shel Silverstein

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Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! To celebrate this anniversary of Shel Silverstein's outrageous and profound classic poetry collection, the jacket features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This special edition, with twelve extra poems, was first published in 2004 and is a timeless bestseller.

Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's

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Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! To celebrate this anniversary of Shel Silverstein's outrageous and profound classic poetry collection, the jacket features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This special edition, with twelve extra poems, was first published in 2004 and is a timeless bestseller.

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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Reading Teacher
An ideal book for teachers to have handy . . . If you want to ungloom your day, start Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Reading Teacher.
An ideal book for teachers to have handy . . . If you want to ungloom your day, start Where the Sidewalk Ends.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more -- that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue --
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke --
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is -- what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is . . .Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!"
From WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS by Shel Silverstein © 1974 by Shel Silverstein. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 235 reviews.
Ianaday More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for a relative in first grade who had just started to read. I figured that most of the poems would be above her reading level, but they would be fun to listen to and would inspire her to learn to read them herself. It was received with great enthusiasm.
cfergusn More than 1 year ago
Growing up with these poems, it inspired me to write more. Now that my daughter is here, I want her to have the same wonderful imaginative ideas I did.
gypsy3d1j More than 1 year ago
My kids and I enjoyed reading this book together when they were very young. It was definitely one of their favorites. I purchased this copy as part of a shower present for my niece in hopes she will enjoy many hours of fond memories with her little one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic poetry book for kids. My six year old loves to read it.
Reader_Girl_77 More than 1 year ago
My husband and I gave this to our niece for her 6th birthday and weren't sure how she would recieve it. A book, not the coolest gift after all! But she LOVED it and even stopped playing, asking me come sit and read it to her - she was giggling like crazy. What a fun book and one with messages that hold true for all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A famous book written by a great American poet, Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein. This is one of the greatest poetry books by this great author. Humorus, entertaining, and silly can be used as great adjectives to describe this book. 'Smart' is one of the most hilarious poems in this book. A boy recieves one dollar from his dad and then he trades the dollar for two quarters because the boy figures that 2 is more then 1. It keeps going on until the boy has 5 pennies. This poem is also my favorite poem in the book This would be a text to text because all of Shel's other books have different poems, but it still gives out the humorous expression like it does in all of Shel's funny poetry books. 'Paul Bunyan' is another great poem from this book. Paul was the toughest lumberjack around that had fists as hard as chopping blocks. When he got older he decided to lay down and die to see what trees there were in heaven, but there wasnt any so Paul comes back and decides to go down to the Devil to see if there is trees there. This book would also be a text to self because for me the poem 'The Long Haired Boy' would fit me because i have long hair just like the boy did in the poem, but i can't use my hair to fly away liek the boy in the poem did! 'Hector the Collector' is a poem in the book about a boy named hector who collects old trash like rusted knives and so on. Hector thoguht that his collection was so great that everybody should see it but when the people came, they all called it junk because there wasn't anything good. This book could be a text to world because some people do hilarious things that are described in the book like try to sell their siblings like in the poem, 'For Sale'. If you are bored one day and you want a funny book to read, i'd reccomend that you read Shel Silverstein's book, 'Where the Sidewalk Ends'!
Nani2002 More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I think that Shel Silverstein used lots of detail. He has a great imagination and a great sense of humor. His poems are all funny! My favorite poem was My Beard because it was about a guy that has a long beard and never wears any clothes. I recommend for everyone to read this book because the poems were delightful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The poetry book Where the Sidewalk Ends was funny and unique. I really liked it because some poems rhymed and it made it sound fantastic. The poem My Beard is about a man with a very long beard. The man uses his beard for many things such as clothes. This is how the man lives his life with his beard. All the funny words made it my favorite poem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We always read at bedtime at my house and this is one that my kids reach for over and over. My kids really enjoy all of Shel Silverstein's books, It seems like they really like the format of the shorts poems. The also like the Random House Kids Book of Poetry and Just For You, A Collection of Story Poems to Finish However You Want. Maybe the short format makes them feel like they are getting more story time. It seems like it keeps them more engaged.
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
This book is so great. I remember it from my childhood and have read it to my children. What a talent Shel Silversteen was and how I enjoy his fun poems. Poems about Swinging from your knees on a flying trapeeze and HugO war, one of my favorites is Lazy Jane and The Boa Constrictor! The tree house is a good one too and I actually put together a book of these poems when my sister got married because it reminded me of growing up. If you have children (or if not) you will be entertained by these poems! Highly recommended.
H_S More than 1 year ago
My kids absolutely love being read to and this book is no exception. My husband regularly reads this book to our children and I love how silly the stories are. Its a great introduction of poem writing and the pictures keep them entertained. My son has recently picked up the habit of picking his nose and there's a story about that in there as well! Let's just say he doesn't do that anymore, because he's afraid a snail will bite his nail off! Lol. We enjoy this book very much and hope to read more books that are just as entertaining.
WP_Mom More than 1 year ago
My husband and have been very glad to share this favorite book of our childhoods with our children now. To be honest I'm not sure what's special about this edition as opposed to the one we grew up with. All we know is it has the same great writing and illustrations we always loved. So far it is a little too advanced for our 2-year-old, but our 4-year-old is really into it! If you're not familiar, what's really compelling about these poems for the kids are, I believe, their irreverence and their sense of exaggeration. If you're uncomfortable with your kid reading anything even mildly subversive this book might put you off. But it captures the imagination of even a 4-year-old and appeals to the child's sense of humour. What better way to teach that "reading is cool," and it doesn't have to be about motorized vehicles or heroes/superheroes (or, for girls, I guess princesses, etc. -- I have boys). Objects and characters whose actions originate in everyday life can also inspire creativity, humour, and wonder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old son and I love to read this book together before bed at night. We have had a lot of laughs at the silly stories and he really looks forward to our time together before bedtime. A great book for kids of all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loves all these poems. He gets such a kick out of the silliness, but also loves the stories they tell.
Guest More than 1 year ago
childhood is beautiful ,but it's too short.we always reflect our beautiful & pure feelings in poems & more of these feelings is connected to our childhood that is the best period of the life.shel silverstein is who writes about children & the child who exists in everyone.so persons with diferent ages can connect to his poems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the type of book you don't forget! This book is pretty good. They're many funny poems in this book. Some may not make sense, but that's the funny part. I would definately reccommend this book, and other books by Shel Silverstein.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sent it to my 7 year old granddaughter who had seen it in school. According to her mother, she picks it up all the time and reads the poems to whomever is around. Loves it!!! I am always so pleased when our grandkids discover and enjoy the classics of children's literature!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My seven-year-old absolutely loves this book! The poems are clever and funny, and they keep his attention and spark his imagination as well as his analytical skills, teaching him to &quot;figure out&quot; what certain poems mean. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My children loved these poems when they were growing up. They were very pleased to get copies at Christmas to share with their children.
Pugmom2 More than 1 year ago
Favorite of my kids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a catalyst for reluctant readers. I've bought several of these and other Silverstein books for nieces and nephews. They improved their reading skills (and attitude) since they wanted to be able to read, and memorize, their favorites. Great gift for any time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful book I received as a gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where The Sidewalk Ends is a poetry collection by Shel Silverstein. I really like the book because of the drawings and the poems. The poems in the books are remarkably entertaining. I also really enjoy the picture that go along with the poems. The pictures that are drawn to go with the poems really represent what it is about. It seems that the pictures are actually drawn with pencil and copied into the book. The pictures and poems are both really funny and some are very interesting too.  Shel Silverstein is my all time favorite poetry writer. Even though I read pretty many poetry book, his books are my favorite and his is my favorite poetry author. I have about five of his book. My favorite thing about his books is the pictures. They are always really funny and connect very well with the poem. I love his poems so much, they are hilarious. His poetry books are my favorite. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shel Silverstein is the best poetry writer!  He is such a imaginative writer and very creative too!His poems are such great pieces of work.  My favorite poem he wrote is &quot;Invitation&quot;, it is my favorite poem because it just stands out to me more than  all the other poems.  His poems can be read for anyone, it doesn't matter if you don't like poetry.  I love Shel Silverstein's  poems so much and I highly recommend them to everyone person!