Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

by Shel Silverstein

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Shel Silverstein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Every Thing On It, has created a poetry collection that is outrageously funny and deeply profound. 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 stretches the bounds of imagination and will be cherished by readers of all ages. This is a collection that belongs on everyone's bookshelf. Makes a great gift for special occasions such as holidays, birthdays, and graduation.

And don't miss The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, also available as an ebook!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061965258
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 124,772
File size: 12 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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.

Date of Birth:

September 25, 1930

Date of Death:

May 10, 1999

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Key West, Florida


Chicago School of Fine Arts; University of Illinois (no degree)

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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. 300 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.
jh127876 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shel Silverstien¿s ¿Where the Sidewalk Ends¿ is a collection of poetry and illustrations for children or the nostalgic adult. This anthology contains many types of poetry with a focus on weird whimsical stories. The drawings are simple and contain no color, but somehow add to the books effect.Sadly I am not one of ¿those¿ people who love poetry. In fact, ¿Where The Sidewalk Ends¿ is one of the only two poetry books I own, the other being ¿A light in the Attic¿ also written by Shel Silverstien. However, Silverstien is a master writer and brings his poetry to life in ¿Where the Sidewalk Ends¿ in a very dreamlike way. For whatever reason when I read this anthology I feel like I am nine years old again, carefree and most importantly, happy. This feeling is very much like ¿the world is a wonderful place after all¿ tingling sensation one gets after reading an uplifting book. Silverstien accomplishes this by sometimes using only very simple poetic styles and vocabulary. ¿Where the Sidewalk Ends¿ is truly a delightful book to set down with and is a most for any classroom.One of the classroom extensions for this book would be to have the children make there own ridiculous funny stories and help them turn those stories into poetry I think another fun thing would be to have young children try is to have them draw simple pictures. Like in ¿Where the Sidewalk Ends¿ and then make those pictures into poetry.
EbonyHaywood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this edition. It includes twelve new poems. Favorite poem:Sarah Cynthia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out.
amberntaylor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These are the funniest poems you¿ll ever read. They are full of fantasy and comedy. When you open this book you¿ll hear about Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too flying in a shoe, how Sarah Cynthia Silvia would not take the garbage out and Skinny Mcguinn being so terrible thin. I am absolutely in love with these poems. I could read them all day. I remember when I was younger these were the only poems I use to like to read. They are funny and very easy to understand. You could have the children pair up and choose a poem. Have one read the poem and the other act out the silly actions. These are great short poems to write real big on paper and hang in the classroom.
sharese on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Shel Silverstein's poetry was something I loved to hear as a child sitting in my library at school. I loved it when our librarian, Mr. Flowers, would get out the big book and read from it to us. The poems are for children of all ages and the pictures that accompany some of them are as silly as the poems. The subject matter for the poems differs greatly from one poem to the next but all appeal to children and will make them laugh or snort at some point.Review:An amazing book that just got better when Shel released the CD version where he reads the poems aloud. My youngest was raised on that CD and when I read it out loud to him or my classroom I find myself using the same inflections and tone as Mr. Silverstien. I would call him a poetic genius for the ages. I can't imagine a generation not knowing his poetry.
gkuhns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book of poetry for children emphasizes the imagination of the young. It presents the world as children see it, with all of its fantastical permutations. It allows children to dream the impossible and to reflect on the world as they experience it. As a book of poetry, this work resists easy categorization. Most of the characters are unusual, either in appearance or name. They relate their life issues¿taking the garbage out, engaging in hug of war¿in simple language. The illustrations are black and white line drawings that often emphasize the childish wackiness of the poems. This book exuberantly posits that life is a wild and wonderful experience and should be enjoyed as such. Silverstein's classic should be part of every children's library.
psjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful modern poetry that is hilarious.
jcraft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Where the Sidewalk Ends is another silly poetry book from Shel Silverstein with some of his greatest works.
renee.sutter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of the books that when I was a kid I checked out from the library many times. The whimsical poetry is a great way to get kids excited about reading and writing poetry. I would use thins in the classroom to talk about different ways to write poetry and how it can have different structures and shape.
Racheguevara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein. The words in his poems seem to roll of my tounge, as if I knew the words all along. It's definitely poetry meant for children, but I think that it's very entertaining for adults as well. Shel Silverstein captures the humor of most of the stories by drawing pictures in simple black and white. Of course some of the poems I read stuck in my mind for days, such as Smart, on page 35!