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FC: Shel Silverstein By: Nichol Bizjak

1: Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930. He grew up with his sister and parents in Chicago Illinois. | Sheldon Allen Silverstein

2: Silverstein was not very good at sports and was not liked by the girls in his school, so he turned to writing. | He started writing when he was only twelve years old. He didn't have any role models to look up to so it gave him the freedom to start his own writing style.

3: Shel Silverstein was born in the middle of the Great Depression. This would be a time of mourning but somehow Silverstein took a negative situation and turned it around into a positive one. He did this with everything. | Silverstein enlisted and served in the army in the 1950's. Even in the Army, Shel Silverstein showed his work in the Army's newsletter. | When Shel Silverstein was finished serving his duties in the war, he went to college at Roosevelt University to study English. It is amazing how everywhere he goes he shows his work because he also wrote for his school newspaper The Torch.

4: Silverstein met Hugh Hefner and was hired to draw cartoons for one of Hefner's magazines and traveled all over the world!

5: Shel Silverstein wasn't just a poet or an artist. He was also a composer. In 1959 he showed the world one of his many talents by recording his first album Hairy Jazz.

6: Silverstein got started with his publishing by help from his friend Tomi Ungerer. Tomi showed Silverstein to his editor Ursula Nordstrom. This helped Shel Silverstein publish his first book in 1964 The Giving Tree.

7: Many of Shel Silverstein works received awards: Where the Sidewalk Ends got the Michigan Young Readers Award, 1974 A Light in the Attic got the School Library Journal Best Books Award, 1982 Falling Up got the HarperCollins Award, 1996.

8: Smart: My dad gave me one dollar bill ‘Cause I’m his smartest son, And I swapped it for two shiny Quarters ‘Cause two is more than one! And then I took the quarters And traded them to Lou For three dimes—I guess he don’t Know That three is more than two! Just then, along came old blind Bates And just ‘cause he can’t see He gave me four nickels for my three Dimes, And four is more than three! And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs Down at the seed-feed store, And the fool gave me five pennies for Them, And five is more than four! And then I went and showed my dad, And he got red in the cheeks And closed his eyes and shook his Head— Too proud of me to speak! | I chose this poem to show just how humorous Shel SIlvertein can be. This poem is really funny and clever, like all of his poems.

9: Shel SIlverstein wrote funny types of poems. He typically did not write poems portray remorse or sorrow. He always has happy themes and his work will leave you in a light spirit! | His themes that he writes about life lessons that everybody learns, for example: the poem Smart teaches kids about the value of money.

10: Shel Silverstein's writing style includes exaggeration, and humor. He gives life lessons in his writing. | I chose Shel Silverstein because I used to read his books when I was younger and I loved reading his poems, because he is so funny and his poems are very clever.

11: Silverstein is very unique and different for other authors and poets. Silverstein's works are much more enjoyable than an excerpt from Robert Frost. From the hard times Silverstein went through, he made everything humorous. Other authors wouldn't be able to turn it around, they would write about the hard times they went through up.

12: Shel Silverstein's audience is children. He originally didn't aim to write children books, but he was really good at it, so he went for it.

13: One of my favorite books that Silverstein wrote is A Light In The Attic. I like this book because it was the first book that I read when I started reading Shel Silverstein. This book is very funny and makes me think. If I could read a book from Silverstein that I hadn't read before it would be Falling Up.

14: Up until his death, Shel Silverstein never quit writing.

15: Shel Silverstein died at his home in Key West Florida from a heart attack at the age 68 in May 1999.

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