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The Life of Shel Silverstein

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BC: R.I.P Shel Silverstein 1950 - 1999 | This presentation contains copyrighted material used under the educational fair use exemption to U.S. Copyright law. (Simpson, 70)

FC: The Life of Shel Silverstein | by Carter Greene Hour 3/7

1: Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1950. He spent his childhood in Chicago Illinois.

2: Shel did not first set out in his life to write children's poem books when he was beginning to read and write.

3: Shel Silverstein even says that he would've rather been a hit with the ladies or good at sports when he was growing up, believe it or not.

4: Sadly, he has no athletic ability, so he instead began to read and write.

5: He also had to develop his own style of writing when he began because he had no one to be inspired by or imitate.

6: He didn't start writing humor and poetry writing until he was about the age of 12 or 13.

7: After he graduated and became the ideal age to enlist, Shel decided to join the United States armed forces at the time when the Korean War was going on across seas.

8: As he was overseas for the army, he took up a career for a US Pacific-based military publication newspaper named "Pacific Stars and Stripes" as a cartoonist and named his strip: | TAKE TEN | This was Shel's very first cartooning job.

9: After the Korean War and Shel was sent back overseas to his home in the US, he was then hired as a cartoonist for the magazine "Playboy" in 1956.

10: After a career of working for Playboy Magazine, he was convinced by a "legendary" editor at Harper Collins Publishing named Ursula Nordstrom to do children books when they met one day in 1963.

11: A very committed Shel Silverstein began to write one of his first and most famous children's books after meeting Ursula Nordstrom and gave it the name Giving Tree. He was denied many times of being published however for different reasons: too short, too sad,etc. It actually took him four years to publish the book.

12: Luckily, he finally published the book in 1964.

13: The Giving Tree was published by Harper Collins, oddly enough where he met Ursula and where all the rest of his books are to be published from then on.

14: After publishing "Giving Tree" he wrote: | "Where the Sidewalk Ends" "Missing Piece" "A Light in the Attic" "The Missing Piece Meets the Big O"

15: Giving Tree is about the love of a tree for a boy.

16: Everyone loved it, they would read it and cry... literally.

17: Shel Silverstein's writing, the Giving Tree, and the legacy they left behind are loved and embraced around the world to this day...

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  • Shel Silverstein is one of the best kids book writers in all of history. This is his legacy.
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