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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 30 Anv edition (Feb. 18 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060572345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060572341
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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 . . .

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. This special edition has twelve extra poems that did not appear in the original collection.

About the Author

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.


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By Reflection Haiku on Sept. 23 2010
Format: Hardcover
This Special Edition is a collection of 139 poems by Shel Silverstein, originally appeared in 1974 - some short, some long and most of them are accompanied by his own drawings, overflowing with humor and heart. When asked to pick a book from a list of 40 titles, both my kids (ages 6 & 8; girl & boy) requested to read WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS and their enthusiasm attests to the warm truth that since his passing in 1999, his words, both unique and universal, still speak deeply to our kids. Shel makes children laugh. Can you imagine a Hippopotamus sandwich? In this book not only will you read one, you will see one, too! Shel makes children think - just about everything in the most daring original way. Shel sees the world through the goofy imaginative eyes of children and his invitation to take a walk to the edge of this silly wolrd is greeated with excitement by both kids and their grown-ups.

"And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends."
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 27 2009
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I read poems to my son daily (M-F). I try to alternate between classic children's poetry books and silly poetry books. It was silly poetry time.

Comments: Not much introduction is needed for Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. This is his first collection of poetry and contains some of his best (and most well-known poems) such as Boa Constrictor, Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out, Sick and The Unicorn (famously song by The Irish Rovers). This 30th Anniversary Special Addition includes 12 new poems added at the end of the book, which were all varying degrees of funny. The whole book of poems is varying degrees of funny. You'll find ones that will have you giggling uncontrollably or laughing out loud all the way down to the ones that just let a little smile creep onto your lips. When your child finds a favourite, they'll beg for it again and again and again! There is a small selection of poems that are starting to show their age, that one can tell were created in the "Make Love Not War" 1970s and they fell flat with us, but they represent a handful out of a bookful. Silverstein's illustrations are simple yet tell so much and are just as fun as the poems themselves. Of the three poetry collections, this first one is still THE one to get if you are only going to buy one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RONIM on Jan. 4 2014
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I never owned this book as a child but I vividly remember having teachers read it to the class.
I was eager to purchase it for my 2year old son for Christmas. He loves when I read from it!!! And I enjoy the nostalgic memories it brings back.
A true classic and happy to add it to my repertoire
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By Diana Webb on Nov. 24 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book!! I read it many years ago, and just recently bought it for my daughter. And she of course loved it too. It's because it still IS a masterpiece and will forever remain one. Silverstein's rhymes and poems, songs and riddles -- they all work for everybody with half a degree of imagination. Another great book that I bought for my second daughter as a birthday gift is "Why Some Cats are Rascals, Book 3". I have ready it already and loved it, but I keep it hidden from my daughters so as not to spoil the birthday surprise. It's a safe bet since my both daughters liked the first two books and I think Book 3 is the best in the whole series.
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This book is wonderful.. I had the original version as a child (I am now 32) and can still recite the words to many of the poems (I cannot go to school today, said little Peggy Ann McKay...)! Someone just gave this new edition to our 4 month old daughter, and I know she will enjoy the poems as much as I did. Right now, she may not understand the words, but the rhyming sounds make her smile. A must for kids of all ages.
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I had this book when I was little and did a project on one of the poems in the 3rd grade (I'm 34 yrs old now). The poem was about a sharp toothed snail who lives in your nose. I can recite it still, line for line. I just bought a copy for my nephew (4yrs old) so that he can enjoy it also. Buy it and you won't regret it!
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I had all of Shel Silverstein's books for my children when they were young. These poems made such an impression on them that they all still remember him 20 yrs later. An excellent book for young children. The poems are funny, silly, and sometimes ridiculous, but they're all subjects that kids love!
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We've bought five or six of this now, for grand-children, -nieces and -nephews. They've all loved it, and we've been surprised to find out how many of their parents had these books when *they* were kids, and remember them with absolute fondness. Highly recommended.
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