I’ve been in a little reading slump this year. I have been trying to find a book that will hold my interest for more than just an hour. I usually would read for more than an hour a day, but lately I haven’t been reading for that long. And then I found this book by Shel Silverstein.
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (40th Anniversary Special Edition)
My parents and grandparents read this to me when I was my niece’s age. They’re fun and silly little poems. I can’t really say which poem is my favorite because I love them all. They’re also easy to read. Just last week my 5 year old niece read The Giving Tree all on her own.
I’m looking forward to reminiscing on these poems. I’m also going to try to read this page by page. Should be fun.
The 40th Anniversary edition for Where the Sidewalk Ends is a perfect collection to my ever growing bookshelf. 40 years. Wow. My mom doesn’t understand my need to buying more books but this book is a keeper for sure.
From the 30th edition books, Shel Silverstein has added 12 new poems and they’re in this 40th edition too. These are just as fun, although a couple of them are more geared to adults (“Ten-o-Cycle” has a line “You’re sweatin’ and ready to cuss.”). I really liked “Don’t Tell Me” and have added it here. My niece would agree that if I want her to behave this way then I should try doing the same – like my niece has even called me out on the fact that I need to respond to my mom when she first calls me.
Don’t Tell Me (p 177) (by Shel Silverstein)
Please don’t tell me I should hug,
Don’t tell me I should care.
Don’t tell me just how grand I’d feel
If I just learned to share.
Don’t say, “It’s all right to cry,”
“Be kind,” “Be fair,” “Be true.”
Just let me see YOU do it,
Then I just might do it too.