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Shel Silverstein biography :

Sheldon Allan Silverstein was born on 25 September 1932 in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. Although he is known to be a writer of childrenís literature, he is also a cartoonist, lyricist, composer and folksinger.

More commonly known as Shel Silverstein, this American poet started writing when he was just a young boy. Instead of playing baseball or watching girls, he spent most of his time writing. Since he was unfamiliar with the writing styles of any of the great poets, he was able to develop his own unique method.

It is quite ironic that Silverstein started his illustrious career in 1952 by writing and drawing cartoons for an adult magazine. He became part of the US military forces and further developed his talent as a cartoonist by contributing regularly to the military newsletter, Pacific Stars and Stripes. Not much was heard of Shel Silverstein from the years that followed until he emerged again in the 70ís. In 1970, he composed music for the films Ned Kelly, Who is Harry Kellerman, and Why Is He Saying Such Terrible Things About Me.

He began writing and drawing for children at the suggestion of Ursula Nordstrom. The Giving Tree, one of his earliest and most successful books was initially rejected by editor William Cole because its content was neither for an adult nor for children. They were, however, able to reach a compromise. The book was published, and the rest shall we say, is history.

Some of Silversteinís literary works include Falling Up (1996), A Light in the Attic (1981). He wrote songs for Dr Hook, and composed music for the 1990 Meryl Streep film, which was loosely based on Carrie Fisherís life, Postcards from the Edge.

Shel Silverstein died of a massive heart attack on 10 May 1999 at the age of 66.
 

 
   
 

Poems by Shel Silverstein  :

God's Wheel by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Rain by Shel Silverstein

The Little Boy and the Old Man

It's Dark in Here by Shel Silverstein

One Inch Tall by Shel Silverstein

The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt

Whatif by Shel Silverstein

Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein

Danny O'Dare by Shel Silverstein

Forgotten Language by Shel Silverstein

A Boy Named Sue by Shel Silverstein

 
 

Books of poetry by Shel Silverstein  :

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

Book Description

Taken in dall smoses, this self-proclaimed "billy sook" is a fun-filled new (posthumously published) offering from children's poet Shel Silverstein, creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and other favorites. Completed prior to the poet's death in 1999, Runny Babbit was a work in progress for more than 20 years, and is populated by the likes of Runny Babbit, Toe Jurtle, Ploppy Sig, Polly Dorkupine, and Pilly Belican (who owns the Sharber Bop), all denizens of the green woods where letter-flipping runs rampant. In this madcap world, pea soup is sea poup, Capture the Flag is Fapture the Clag, and snow boots are bow snoots. Each poem incorporates the same kind of switcheroo wordplay found in "Runny's Hew Nobby:" Runny Babbit knearned to lit,/ And made a swat and heater,/ And now he sadly will admit/ He bight have done it metter." (Here, in one of many winningly simple line drawings, R. B. sits knitting one very long sleeve, which is labeled as such.) Children who have some fluency in reading will enjoy this bonsensical nook the most. (Ages 7 to 12) --Karin Snelson