Biography:*Shel Silversteinbegan writing whenhe was twelve.*He illustrated all ofhis poetry bookshimself.*he also wrote playsand became arespected composer.*September 25, 1930– May 10, 1999*His art wasinfluenced by thefamous Walt Disney
Where the Sidewalk Ends Where the Sidewalk EndsThere is a place where the sidewalk endsAnd before the street begins,And there the grass grows soft and white,And there the sun burns crimson bright,And there the moon-bird rests from his flightTo cool in the peppermint wind.Let us leave this place where the smoke blows blackAnd the dark street winds and bends.Past the pits where the asphalt flowers growWe shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,And watch where the chalk-white arrows goTo the place where the sidewalk ends.Yes well walk with a walk that is measured and slow,And well go where the chalk-white arrows go,For the children, they mark, and the children, they knowThe place where the sidewalk ends.
His Many Talents• Poet• Singer/ Songwriter• Musician• Composer• Cartoonist• Screenwriter• Author of childrens books
His Childhood• “"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 couldnt play ball, I couldnt dance. So I started to draw and to write. I was also lucky that I didnt have anybody 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. By the time I got to where I was attracting girls, I was already into work, and it was more important to me. Not that I wouldnt rather make love, but the work has become a habit." — Jean F. Mercier. "Shel Silverstein", Publishers Weekly, February 24, 1975).• Because Shel Silverstein wasn’t like his friends, he found comfort in writing and drawing. Eventually, his books became a hit with kids like him, who would much rather read than play soccer.
FUN FACTS• Shel Silverstein began • His books have sold over 20 drawing cartoons while million copies and been serving in the Armed Forces translated into 20 different in Japan and Korea in 1950. languages.• It took 4 years to get one of • His poetry has won numerous his most popular books, THE awards. GIVING TREE, published because of its sad ending and appeal to readers of all ages making • Silversteins narration of his it difficult to categorize. poetry collection WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS won a Grammy Award for Best• He wrote a number of highly Childrens Album. popular songs for performers like Johnny Cash, Dr. Hook, and Waylon Jennings.