Saturday, April 11, 2009

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

I love how Shel Silverstein invites children into his books. This poem collection begins with the following poem.

Invitation
If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a prayer-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fier
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!

Once Shel Silverstein has welcomed you to his book then he then opens a world of fancy for the child. How I love these poems! If you want to get your child to take out the garbage, read pages 70-71. If you want them to behave, read pages 50-51. If you want them to laugh read page 43.Have one that hates a sibling? Try page 141. If your child loves Band-Aids work on page 140. There is magic in his poems. I love children’s laughter and his poems bring it out. We have read these aloud at bath time for years until now my children know many of them by heart. Shel Silverstein weaves magic words onto paper.

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