Notable works: "The Giving Tree", "Where the Sidewalk Ends"
Shel Silverstein Facts
Shel Silverstein, in full Sheldon Allan Silverstein, (born September 25, 1930, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.--died May 10, 1999, Key West, Florida), American cartoonist, children's author, poet, songwriter, and playwright best known for his light verse and quirky cartoons.
In the 1950s Silverstein drew for the military magazine Stars and Stripes while serving in Japan and Korea, and he also contributed to Playboy. He created the adult book of drawings Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities (1960) before turning to works for children. His first efforts, written under the name Uncle Shelby, included Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book: A Primer for Tender Young Minds (1961) and Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros (1964). Among his memorable characters were the protagonist in Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back (1963); the boy-man and tree in The Giving Tree (1964), his most famous prose work; and the partial circle in The Missing Piece (1976). Falling Up (1996) was the last illustrated collection published before his death in 1999. Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook (2015) and Runny Babbit Returns (2017) were released posthumously.
Silverstein, who was often compared to Dr. Seuss, used such locales as the land of Listentoemholler and the castle Now. His first major poetry collection, Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974), featured the popular title verse:
His pictures more than complemented his words. Accompanying "The Edge of the World" is the drawing of a small girl peering over the edge of a ledge so thin that a fire hydrant, a dog, a signpost, and a worm protrude halfway through. The cover of A Light in the Attic (1981) shows a boy with a windowed attic forming the top of his head. The words of another poem form the neck of a giraffe.
Silverstein often eschewed happy endings because children, he said, might otherwise wonder why they themselves were not comparably happy. He was credited for helping young readers develop an appreciation of poetry, and his serious verse reveals an understanding of common childhood anxieties and wishes. Silverstein also wrote one-act plays, sometimes working with David Mamet, as well as songs.
I will not play tug o' war. I'd rather play hug o' war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.
Imagine - four years you could have spent travelling around Europe meeting people, or going to the Far East of Africa or India, meeting people, exchanging ideas, reading all you wanted to anyway, and instead I wasted it at Roosevelt.
I couldn't play ball. I couldn't dance. Luckily, the girls didn't want me. Not much I could do about that. So I started to draw and to write. By the time I got to where I was attracting girls, I was already into work, and it was more important to me.
We am at first from Frankfort, Illinois a suburb beyond Chicago. I was raised in a middle course family with one cousin. My brother James Patton is 5 years older than me and managed to graduate from The southern area of Illinois College or university in 2014. Both of mother and father graduated from college thus they built education a priority in our life at an early age. I started to learn to go through and compose at American indian Trail Elementary. The initially book We started to browse was The Providing Tree by Shel Silverstein which trained me several valuable lifestyle lessons in the beginning..