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Shel Silverstein Books

Updated on April 26, 2011

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I write poetry and have books of my poetry for sale. My love of poetry started with this man: Shel Silverstein

I love the book Where the Sidewalk Ends! I got it as a child and would read it over and over. It is full of poems children will love. My third grade teacher used to read it to us during class. That is how I learned about this wonderful author and book at the age of 8.

To this day I recite his poems to people. I speak of Sara Cynthia Sylvia Stout who simply would not take the garbage out and make sure it always gets taken out!

Where The Sidewalk Ends - 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings

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 is at once outrageously funny and profound.

Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and Drawings
Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and Drawings

This book is a must have for all children. They and you will love Shel Silverstein books for years to come I got my first book of his, this one at the age of 8 and I still love it to this day!


Sara, Cynthia Sylvia Stout

If you are a dreamer, come in.

Shel Silverstein books
Shel Silverstein books


Last night, while I lay thinking here,

Some whatifs crawled inside my ear

And pranced and partied all night long

And sang their same old Whatif song:

Whatif I'm dumb in school?

Whatif they've closed the swimming pool?

Whatif I get beat up?

Whatif there's poison in my cup? . . .

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Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too' from Where the Sidewalk Ends

Lazy Jane

A Giraffe and a Half

If you had a giraffe

and he stretched another half

you would have a giraffe and a half.

And if you glued a rose

to the tip of his nose

And if he put on a shoe

and then stepped in some glue

And if he used a chair

to comb his hair

(the rest of the poem is in the book)

If you are a dreamer, come in.

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .

If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire,

For we have some flax golden tales to spin.

Come in!

Come in!

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The Giving Tree

"Once there was a tree ... and she loved a little boy." So begins a story Of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree

This is another book of his I grew up reading over and over as a child. It taught me about thinking about others. In the book a boy turns into a man and thinks about a tree after a lifetime of a tree that always thought of the boy's well being.


The Giving Tree

Playboy's Silverstein Around the World

"I think everything begins here. It's impossible to separate Shel's later work from these drawings and these experiences. They are the beginning of it all, without question."

-- Hugh M. Hefner

"Shel Silverstein was a warm compassionate soul who put his art above all else. His illustrated work maintained a sharp social commentary and his devilish humor was always insightful. Shel's gifts were many -- and he joyfully passed those gifts on to the rest of us throughout his amazing life."

-- Bill Cosby

"Shel Silverstein was maybe the brightest, most intelligent, trustworthy, generous, human, humble, and lovable creative artist I've ever known. Awake and aware of everything, all the time, I think Shel go more out of life than most of us. Thank God he shared what he saw."

-- Kris Kristofferson

Playboy's Silverstein Around the World
Playboy's Silverstein Around the World

This 180-page art book is printed in glossy color on high quality stock. Silverstein's ten years of colorblock illustrated travel essays for Playboy magazine cover topics ranging from bull fighting to a nudist camp to life among Muslims.


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Different Dances 25th Anniversary Edition

Upside-down trees swingin' free,

Busses float and buildings dangle:

Now and then it's nice to see

The world -- from a different angle.

Have you been to The Land of Happy

"Have you been to The Land of Happy,

Where everyone's happy all day,

Where they joke and they sing

Of the happiest things,

And everything's jolly and gay?

There's no one unhappy in Happy, There's laughter and smiles galore.

I have been to The Land of Happy -

What a bore!"

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      7 years ago

      A really good Lens on a favorite poet. (A big hit in my family.)

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      7 years ago

      I became familiar with Shel Silverstein starting with his Playboy work. He was one of the funniest writers I'd ever read. His death was very sad. Great lens, on a great man. See you around the galaxy...

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      7 years ago

      I love "Come in!" It's one of my favorite poems. And the giving tree always brings tears to my eyes. Nice lens.

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      June Parker 

      7 years ago from New York

      Every child and adult should read at least one of his books. Great job reviewing old Shel Silverstein. It makes me want to read him again! Angel blessed and added your link from this lens to My Squid Angel Wings blessing lens.


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