Author: Shel SIlverstein
Copyright: 1974, Evil Eye Music Inc., New York.
Grade: all ages
Theme: poems, life
Synopsis: This a wonderful collection of poems by Shel Silverstein for all ages. There's a variety of poems for everyone, along with goofy looking ink pictures.
Pre-Reading Activity:Have students write a poem.
Talk about your favorite poems. Least favorite poems. Talk about pictures and what you liked or didn't like about them.
Reflection:I received a copy of this book from a teacher I was doing my practicum with one year, so it means a lot to me. All the children who were in the class signed the inside cover of the book, so it's very special and I enjoyed reading it. The poems are just beautiful. There are so many different poems, and I feel that they can be read by or to just anyone. The simple pen-and-ink drawings are also what draws my attention. They're not the bst drawings, and they have no color, but they usually represent the poem and it gives the book a little something. The first poem is called Invitation, and it's almost as if he is inviting his readers to coem in and read the book. He's calling his reader a dreamer, showing that they can use their imagination however they want. Just by reading this first poem I was sure enough that I'd like this book, and in the end I must say it's one of my favorites. I loved the poetry and it's something I would suggests to anyone who hasn't read it yet. What I also liked is that there is a variety of poems; something for everyone. I'm sure all peopel could find something to relate to in this book.
Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, IL in 1932. He is divorced and he has one daughter. In 1950's he has served in the armed forces. He never planned to write or draw for kids, but one of his friends dragged him into it. Since 1981, he's concentrated on writing plays for adults. He also writes sogns, draws cartoons, sings and plays the guitar.
"When I was a kid - 12, 14, around there - I would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls. But I couldn't play ball, I couldn't dance... So, I started to draw and to write. I was... lucky that I didn't have anyone to copy, be impressed by. I had developed my own style, I was creating before I knew there was a Thurber, a Benchley, a Price and a Steinberg. I never saw their work till I was around 30."
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