Shel Silverstein

Born September 25, 1930

Life of Shel Silverstein

  • Shel Silverstien was born in Chicago, September 25, 1930. When he was a kid he wanted to be a baseball player but he said that he wasn't good at playing baseball. He also said that he couldn't dance. He decided that he would draw and write. He did not have anyone to copy from. He developed his own style of writing.
  • He drew his first cartoons for adult readers in the 1950s and he was also writing songs at that time. He never planned on writing for children, but ended up writing books in 30 languages all around the world. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" was his first collection of poems published in 1974. His poetry books are used in schools as a child's first introduction to poetry. Shel had a long and successful career as a song writer. He continued to create plays, songs, poems, and drawing until his death in May 1999.
  • One inch Tall by Shel Silverstein
  • If you were only one inch tall, you'd ride a worm to school.
    The teardrop of a crying ant would be your swimming pool.
    A crumb of cake would be a feast
    And last you seven days at least,
    A flea would be a frightening beast
    If you were one inch tall.

    If you were only one inch tall, you'd walk beneath the door,
    And it would take about a month to get down to the store.
    A bit of fluff would be your bed,
    You'd swing upon a spider's thread,
    And wear a thimble on your head
    If you were one inch tall.

    You'd surf across the kitchen sink upon a stick of gum.
    You couldn't hug your mama, you'd just have to hug her thumb.
    You'd run from people's feet in fright,
    To move a pen would take all night,
    (This poem took fourteen years to write--
    'Cause I'm just one inch tall).