Shel Silverstein


   Shel Silverstein was an American poet, singer songwriter, cartoonist, screen-writer, and author of children's books. Shel Silverstein was born into a Jewish family. He attended Roosevelt High School and, later, the University of Illinois, from which he was expelled.  One of his favorite things to do was draw. He wasn't good at sports or dancing so in his early ages he started drawing.

Later Silverstein was urged to do poetry by one of his fellow editors.  So he decided to do children's books as well as drawing his own cartoons. He was also a musician and sold albums in his career. On May 10, 1999 Shel Silverstein died of a major heart attack in the key west.

Sample Poem

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And 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 flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.