- Age Range: 6 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 3
- Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (February 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060256672
- ISBN-13: 978-0060256678
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 3,042 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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Shel Silverstein shook the staid world of children's poetry in 1974 with the publication of this collection, and things haven't been the same since. More than four and a half million copies of Where the Sidewalk Ends have been sold, making it the bestselling children's poetry book ever. With this and his other poetry collections (A Light in the Attic and Falling Up), Silverstein reveals his genius for reaching kids with silly words and simple pen-and-ink drawings. What child can resist a poem called "Dancing Pants" or "The Dirtiest Man in the World"? Each of the 130 poems is funny in a different way, or touching ... or both. Some approach naughtiness or are a bit disgusting to squeamish grown-ups, but that's exactly what kids like best about Silverstein's work. Jim Trelease, author of The New Read-Aloud Handbook, calls this book "without question, the best-loved collection of poetry for children." (Ages 4 to 10)
“An ideal book for teachers to have handy. If you want to ungloom your day, start Where the Sidewalk Ends.” (Reading Teacher.)
“A zesty collection of humorous light verse.” (SLJ.)
“These rhymes are perfect bite-sized nuggets of jest.” (Brightly)
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My (almost) 5 year old loves this book. We read 4 or 5 poems together every day before bed. My 2 year old could care less about the silly poems and Shel's wit, however.
I love it!
Flash forward several years later, while student teaching in a fourth grade classroom and teaching a unit on poetry, I introduced my class of 12 nine and ten year olds to this book. Most of them loved it! During independent reading time, the two Shel Silverstein books in the classroom were the first taken by students for the next couple of weeks.
Now, another few years later, I've purchased this for my soon-to-be-eight year old niece. I am so excited to gift this to her, and just know it is going to spark a love of poetry in her as well.
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I bought it second hand and it said cover was in good condition.
Was a bit disappointed that the front cover (showing the picture) was not on the book.
However, the nice surprise was that the black hardback cover was signed by Shel Silverstein, so swings and roundabouts as they say :0)
Kids will love this and adults will love reading it to their kids and the illustrations are lovely
Think she will love it