Where the Sidewalk Ends

Rayanna Gaines, Staff Writer

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Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein remains as one of the most quintessential books I have read throughout the course of my short-lived life. Although the book is marked as a children’s book, I recommend it for ages young and old because of its amazingly deep poems such as “The Garden.” To expound upon why this is “deep,” as I previously stated, in the poem, a man named Simon grows a garden full of jewels. Even though Simon has all the riches in the world through his garden of jewels, he dreams about one real peach. My favorite poems in the book are called “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “Listen to the Mustn’ts” because both poems show an endearment for the wonders of childhood, and of course “Listen to the Mustn’ts” tells children that anything they want to do is possible and to not listen to what people tell them they shouldn’t do.

Although the book came out in November of 1974, it has remained an inspirational classic for over 40 years. The book has a total of 307+ pages depending on if you are reading one of the special editions with 12 bonus poems; each page depicts a charming drawing by Silverstein that goes along with the poem. Where the Sidewalk Ends is not the only Children’s poetry book that Silverstein wrote he also wrote: A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Runny Babbit, Everything On It, The Missing Piece, A Giraffe and a Half, Don’t Bump the Glump! and  Other Fantasies, and Different Dances.

I would recommend reading this book regardless if you consider yourself too “grown up” or not.