Where the Sidewalk Ends

Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Author: Shel Silverstein

IBSN: 0060256672

Publisher: Harper and Row Publishers

Copyright Date: 1974

Genre: Poetry

Reading Level: 4th grade

Interest Age: 12 yrs +

Challenge Issues:

Curriculum Ties: Some of the poems could be used to study poetry.

Information about author: Shel Silverstein was born in September 25, 1930.  His primary occupation was a cartoonist and gained popularity in this role. Later he started creating songs. For his songs, he  won a grammy. He contributed to films. This lead his nomination of an academy award and a golden globe.

Although Silverstein was a prolific author, he did not start off as an author. He was encouraged to write. He wrote poems and short stories and soon gained recognition for his work. His most popular works are A Giving Tree and A Light in the Attic.

Plot Summary: This book contains these poems Tickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too, Enter This Deserted House, Jimmy Jet and His TV Set, For Sale, Warning, The Yipiyuk, Crocodile’s Toothache, Stone Telling, Ridiculous Rose, Boa Constrictor. All of the poems and drawings are done by Shel Silverstein.

Critical Evaluation: I think that this book should be a classic among children’s poems. I enjoyed these poems. I especially liked the poems No Difference, Wild Boar and Thumbs.

Reader’s annotation: Poetry at its best.

Book talk ideas: Shel Silverstein makes it enjoyable to read poetry. The way he plays with the words make you want to read more.

Why did you include this book?: This is an easy read. I could see the reluctant readers reading these novels.

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