My son’s snake craft is a perfect companion to this Booking Across the USA Project.
As a child, some books just change the way you think about reading and look at the world.
For me, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was an escape that let me imagine the possibilities of literature.
Join me below for a snake craft that correlates with one of Shel Silvertein’s poems!
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I can remember disappearing into Where the Sidewalk Ends for hours, reading and rereading the different poems, wondering what happened to the characters afterward.
Shel Silverstein’s book was the first all-poetry book I had read and was a wonderful introduction to the world of poetry.
It taught me that poems are approachable and come in all forms.
Universally Loved: Where the Sidewalk Ends
I have given Where the Sidewalk Ends as gifts several times.
One time I gave my niece a copy for her birthday.
Her aunt later told me that, when they were packing for a trip, she found the book nestled in among her clothes.
Now if that isn’t a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.
When my first son hit Kindergarten, I bought this book.
We have been pulling it out ever since, sometimes reading groups of poems at a time.
Other times, just reading one poem and talking about it later.
Booking Across the USA
For this project, we’ve all chosen an author from our state to highlight and do a book-based project.
Living in Chicagoland, I chose Shel Silverstein from Illinois.