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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Where the Side Walk Ends

I found this book on my bookshelf in our loft last night. It was my favorite book growing up as a child. I remember in Elementary School I was selfish and would re-check out the book week after week making it unavailable to other students. Hey back then I didn't know any better, I just knew I had to memorize the peanut butter sandwich poem.

Since the passing of Shel, I now have all of his books. I believe every child should experience the gift of reading the Giving Tree, The Missing Piece and Where the Sidewalk Ends. To me these are treasures every child should know.

In ode to my favorite childhood book, I had to share one of my favorite poems.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

Shel Silverstein


SugarandSpice said...

LOL!!! The Library thing is funny! I remember this book too! We did a play once when I was in elemetary with the poem "Ickle me, pickle me, Tickle me too"

Kelly said...

I LOVED Where the Sidewalk Ends when I was little, and The Giving Tree is still one of my favs!

Multiple personalities.. said...

I absolutely **heart** Shel Silversetin! I can't wait to read his books with my son. Thanks for stopping by my blog today... yea, dogs are A LOT of work, but their totally worth it if you're willing to do the work. But yes, they are a handful! See you again soon!

Kristin said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh, memories. I loved this as little one too!!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

I need to read Shel Silversetin!

Transparent Mama said...

Yes, so very good! Thanks so much for coming by my blog. So good to meet you.

Mama Nut said...

All I can say is: "There's too many kids in the tub!" LOL