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Shel Silverstein
"And now, children, your Uncle Shelby is going to tell you a story about a very strange lion- in fact, the strangest lion I have ever met." So begins Shel Silverstein's very first children's book, Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. It's funny and sad and has made readers laugh and think since it... show more

"And now, children, your Uncle Shelby is going to tell you a story about a very strange lion- in fact, the strangest lion I have ever met." So begins Shel Silverstein's very first children's book, Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. It's funny and sad and has made readers laugh and think since it was published in 1963. It was followed the next year by three more books. The first of them, The Giving Tree, is a moving story about the love of a tree for a boy. Shel returned to humor the same year with A Giraffe and a Half, delighting readers with a most riotous ending. The third book in 1964 was Uncle Shelby's Zoo Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies, Shel's first poetry collection, and his first and only book illustrated in full color. It combined his unique imagination and bold brand of humor in this collection of silly and scary creatures. Shel's second collection of poems and drawings, Where the Sidewalk Ends, was published in 1974. His recording of the poems won him a Grammy for best Children's Album. In this collection, Shel invited children to dream and dare to imagine the impossible, from a hippopotamus sandwich to the longest nose in the world. With his next collection of poems and drawings, A Light in the Attic, published in 1981, Shel asked his readers to turn the light on in their attics, to put something silly in the world, and not to be discouraged by the Whatifs. Instead he urged readers to catch the moon or invite a dinosaur to dinner- to have fun! A Light in the Attic was the first children's book to break onto the New York Times Bestseller List, where it stayed for a record-breaking 182 weeks. The last book that was published before his death in 1999 was Falling Up (1996). Like his other books, it is filled with unforgettable characters. Shel Silverstein's legacy continued with the release of a new work,Runny Babbit, the first posthumous publication conceived and completed before his death and released in March 2005. Witty and wondrous, Runny Babbit is a poetry collection of simple spoonerismsH, which twist the tongue and tease the mind. Don't Bump the Glump! And Other Fantasies was recently reissued in 2008 after being unavailable for over 30 years. Shel was always a believer in letting his work do the talking for him--few authors have ever done it better.
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Birth date: September 25, 1930
Died: May 10, 1999
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Ms. Morris' Classroom Library
Ms. Morris' Classroom Library rated it 3 years ago
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is about a boy who visits a tree everyday. There the boy would eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk, and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave. This is a sweet stor...
Ms. Banks' Blissful Books
Ms. Banks' Blissful Books rated it 3 years ago
The Giving Tree is a tale of unconditional love. The boy takes and takes from the tree without ever saying thank you, but the tree never seems to mind and is always willing to give more without a second thought. This book can help children of all ages understand the importance of being thankful and ...
Amillio Farrington's collection of books
One of my top five elementary books as a child and as an adult. This incredible book symbolizes caring, sharing, and giving. It is centered around personification as the tree is seen with human characteristics. The beginning of the book the tree is happy to give and show love to the boy. At the end ...
JessicaCRoberts
JessicaCRoberts rated it 3 years ago
Review: In this incredible story, everyday a little boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, climb her branches, and even take a nap under her shade. As the years go by the little boy comes by less often but each time he does come back he makes request. Each time he made a request she gave him ...
Miss Osi's Favorite Books
Miss Osi's Favorite Books rated it 3 years ago
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, is a book that teaches about giving. In the book, in order to make a small boy happy, a tree gives all it has to the boy throughout all the stages of his life. I would use this book In my classroom when I'm teaching my students about giving and the importance of ...
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