Shel Silverstein

1930-1999

Description

Shel Silverstein was a cartoonist, composer, folk singer, and writer. He began writing poetry from an early age. He is known for making many children books, as well as adult books. In some of his works, he refers to himself as "Uncle Shelby"

Shel Silverstein was born into a Jewish family. He attended Roosevelt High School and, later, the University of Illinois, where he was expelled. In 1953, he was drafted into the US Army.

Example
Bear In There

There's a Polar Bear In our Frigidaire--
He likes it 'cause it's cold in there.
With his seat in the meat
And his face in the fish
And his big hairy paws
In the buttery dish,
He's nibbling the noodles,
He's munching the rice,
He's slurping the soda,
He's licking the ice.
And he lets out a roar
If you open the door.
And it gives me a scare
To know he's in there--
That Polary Bear In our Fridgitydaire.