"I tripped on my shoelace / And I fell up-"
The wild journey begins on the first page of Silverstein's Falling Up, and doesn't let up until the very end. Along the way you meet a wide variety of characters - some cute, some downright bizarre, and all of them with a little story to tell, poetry style. Accompanying many of these poems are original drawings... in fact, some of them even are interlinked with the poem, giving a hidden meaning to the words or even completing the poem.
There is an index in the back of the book so that you can easily find the poem you're looking for. Lots of youngsters use Silverstein's poems for forensics competitions because they are easy to learn and fun to recite - and there are plenty of fun actions that can go with them, as well.
Of course, Silverstein manages to sneak a mix of humor and life lessons into his poetry. For example, consider this one, WOULDA-COULDA-SHOULDA:
All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas Layin' in the sun, Talkin' 'bout the things They woulda-coulda-shoulda done... But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas All ran away and hid From one little did.
Or perhaps a personal favorite: RED FLOWERS FOR YOU
They could be poison ivy, They might be poison oak, But anyway, here's your bouquet! Hey--can't you take a joke?
Zip over to the Midland Mall and Barnes & Noble to buy it today, or order it from Amazon.com. You can also check it out from Midland's Grace A. Dow Library.
If you read all of Falling Up and aren't satisfied, check out Silverstein's other poetry books, A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Because, as Silverstein himself says in Falling Up, "The end of the book-- No use to look For any more, my dear, 'Cause if you try finding Some more in the binding, You may just...disappear."
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