Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Bibliography: Silverstein, S. (1974). Where the Sidewalk Ends. New York, New York: Harper & Row.
Annotation: This fabulous collection of Silverstein’s poems begins with a riveting introduction, “if you are a dreamer, come in, if you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer… If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!” The world beyond where the sidewalk ends is filled with trolls, pirates, eighteen flavors of ice cream and even the women with the world’s longest nose, Miss Betsy Bonnet, who let’s me write things on it.
Grade Level: 1-4
Readers who will like this book: Anyone interested in seeing what might lie beyond the edge of the sidewalk will enjoy this read; it makes poetry relevant and fun for young readers!
Personal Response and rating: 5; the combination of Silverstein’s illustrations and the characters he develops through his collection of poems makes Where the Sidewalk Ends a fun read.
Question: What do you think happens when the sidewalk ends? What might you find there? Would you want to explore where the sidewalk ends?