Shel Silverstein

Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.

– Shel Silverstein


born in Chicago, IL, The United States,  September 25, 1930


died: May 10, 1999
gender: male
Shel Silverstein was the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.

10 thoughts on “Shel Silverstein

  1. September 25, 1930: Shel Silverstein is most remembered for his children’s books but he also worked as a cartoonist for Playboy and wrote songs for stars like Loretta Lynn and Waylon Jennings. His biggest hit is probably the Johnny Cash song, A Boy Named Sue. Silverstein was born in Chicago, 83 years ago today.

  2. The professor likes his guitar!

  3. Enjoyed his cartoons and poetry very much

    • You might like this:
      “If you are a dreamer come in
      If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
      A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
      If youre a pretender come sit by my fire
      For we have some flax golden tales to spin
      Come in!
      Come in!”
      ― Shel Silverstein

  4. Cartoons and poetry, double treat. Thank you for the link.

    • You’re welcome, seeker; here’s another treat:
      “Draw a crazy picture,
      Write a nutty poem,
      Sing a mumble-gumble song,
      Whistle through your comb.
      Do a loony-goony dance
      ‘Cross the kitchen floor,
      Put something silly in the world
      That ain’t been there before.”
      ― Shel Silverstein

  5. Something for everybody. The pages of his books in the elementary school library were well worn.

    • He really talked to kids:
      “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
      ― Shel Silverstein

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