Shel Silverstein Melissa Dellman Libm 205
Quotations “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be” “How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thing you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ‘em”
Biography • Born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930 • Began writing when he was 12 • Enjoyed playing outside but had no athletic ability • Enlisted in the army when he was 20 • Served in Korea and Japan • Became a cartoonist for Stars & Stripes Newspaper
Biography • When he got out of the Army, he began drawing cartoons for magazines such as Look and Sports Illustrated • During the 1950s, Silverstein began to write and explore with music • Published his own books of cartoons • Recorded his first album, Hairy Jazz (1959) • Made more than 12 albums
Biography • In 1963 he met Ursula Nordstrom who encouraged him to write children’s books. • The Giving Tree has been translated into more than 30 languages because it is so popular and the theme is widely discussed. • This book was originally rejected because they did not think it would be successful • He found somebody to publish it, and this book became his most popular piece of work.
Biography • Wrote “A Boy Named Sue”, which Johnny Cash sang and made popular • Wrote songs for movies
Biography • Wrote Where the Sidewalk Ends in the 1970s and A Light in the Atiic in 1981 • Both won many awards • Wrote Falling Up and Draw a Skinny Elephant in the 90s. • Passed away on May 10, 1999 from a hart attack in Key West Florida
List of Poem Books A Giraffe and a Half A Light in the Attic Don’t Bump the Glup: And other Fantasies Every Thing on It Falling Up Lafcadio: the Lion Who Shot Back Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook The Giving Tree The Missing Piece Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings Who Wants a Cheap Rinoceros?
Related Websites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shel_Silverstein http://www.shelsilverstein.com http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0799060/
Resources http://www.biography.com/people/shel-silverstein-9483912#awesm=~oDMlOQYlUAkPXX http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/435477.Shel_Silverstein http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/books-by/shel-silverstein#cart/cleanup