Shel Silverstein, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0805716068
  • ISBN-13: 9780805716061
  • DDC: 811
  • Shipping Weight: .70 lbs ( .32 kgs)
  • 160 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 1998 | Published



Shel Silverstein has achieved unprecedented success and longevity in a highly competitive field of children’s poetry. In these collections Silverstein addresses life’s pleasures and pitfalls by focusing on a schoolchild’s humor; employing simple cartoons and mischievous jokes, he mentions the unmentionable but never preaches. Silverstein has brought poetry to generations of children who would otherwise avoid it. In this first book-length study devoted to Silverstein, Ruth K. MacDonald presents a thought-provoking appreciation of the poet’s contributions to children’s literature, particularly children’s poetry and humor. Arguing that Silverstein’s works "will endure because they speak for children so precisely and without historical limitations," MacDonald gives much attention to the poetry collections while also treating the picture books and other works that preceded and followed them. A balanced assessment of a forceful and provocative voice in children’s literature, SHEL SILVERSTEIN will appeal to students and teachers at the secondary and college levels and find a ready niche in courses on popular culture, children’s literature, and elementary education and reading.