Who is Shel Silverstein

Sheldon Allan Silverstein (; September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999) was an American writer, poet, cartoonist, songwriter, and playwright. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Silverstein briefly attended university before being drafted into the United States Army. Though perhaps best known for his children's books, Silverstein did not limit his audience to children. During his rise to prominence in the 1950s, his illustrations were published in various newspapers and magazines, notably the adult-oriented Playboy. He also wrote a satirical, adult-oriented alphabet book, Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book, under the stylized name "Uncle Shelby", which he used as an occasional pen name.

As a children's author, some of his most acclaimed works include The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and...
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Shel Silverstein Poems

  • Der Verlierer
    Mama sagte, ich würde meinen Kopf verlieren
    wenn es nicht befestigt war.
    Heute war es wohl nicht
    Denn beim Spielen mit meinem Cousin ...
  • El Perdedor
    Mamá dijo que perdería la cabeza
    si no estaba fijado
    Hoy supongo que no fue
    porque mientras jugaba con mi primo ...
  • Le Perdant
    Maman a dit que je perdrais la tête
    s'il n'était pas fixé.
    Aujourd'hui je suppose que ce n'était pas
    Parce qu'en jouant avec mon cousin ...
  • Terrible
    Quelqu'un a mangé le bébé.
    C'est plutôt triste à dire.
    Quelqu'un a mangé le bébé
    Alors elle ne sera pas dehors pour jouer. ...
  • Schrecklich
    Jemand hat das Baby gegessen.
    Es ist ziemlich traurig zu sagen.
    Jemand hat das Baby gegessen
    Sie wird also nicht zum Spielen ausgehen. ...
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Never 49 Time 44 Away 36 I Love You 34 Love 34 Long 32 Hear 31 Night 30 Head 28 Baby 26


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Wisdom2inspire_: "anything can happen, child. anything can be." shel silverstein
Rosskurken: shel silverstein wrote johnny cash's "a boy named sue"
Rileydeevers: shel silverstein is actually my future incarnation who occurred in the past
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