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So since it ’tis the season, and its snowing everywhere, I thought I would offer Snowball for all you kids and searchers.


One of our favorite books to read to the kids is Shel Silversteins’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends“. Every night at bedtime we take a few minutes and read some of our girl’s favorite pages to them.  Its fun. We act them out or exaggerate the stories, laugh and bond.


Why bring this up you may be wondering? Because my page, Bedtime Stories, at the top of this blog has been blowing up lately from searches of one of Shel’s fun poems and timely poems, Snowball, in the “…Sidewalk Ends” book. See it there on the Hit List on the right? Or maybe this post, Brrr is over there now as being popular? Cause it sure is Brrrrrr around here!

This has always been Dylan's favorite....

This has always been Dylan’s favorite…

If you like the poem a smidgen and curious about other Shel Silverstein poems you can check out a few on my Bedtime Stories page above. If you think your kids would enjoy  them, the book makes a great gift.

Readings Lucky for Me

Reading(s) Lucky For Me

Especially if you want them to like reading books and learn some things later in life.


Thank you Shel!

Have a great weekend!

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13 thoughts on “Brrrr…..

  1. Sunburn? Oh you are such a tease! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by AuAu!

  2. I like the acrobats, the drawing is fun too.
    Snowball? here I got some sunburn today :S

  3. It is! I remember this one too! I remember feeling a sense of sadness as it was all too true, like all of his poems and stories are in a enchanted kind of way. I updated Bedtime Stories with this one.

  4. Yes, isn’t it GREAT?!

  5. you mean:


    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!

    Yes, a classic!

    ..same as you Ms. Luanne! Thanks for dropping by! Love hearing from you!

  6. He’s such a favorite! I used to teach him to my future teachers in children’s lit class. Hands down, the favorite of adults is “Smart.”

  7. Di, it warms us so much to see her reading. She is rattling off words now just by sounding them out; words we never thought she knew. And it all started with reading this book to her and the images she enjoyed. I hope our little girl(s) enjoy as much success as your 24 year old! Thanks for looking in!

  8. My daughter is 24 and Shel Silverstein is still her favorite author. She is a writer and an actress and has begun to illustrate. She is soooo influenced by being read to! It is such a great foundation and a sure way to mold little kids into bigger kids who love to read!
    There is a spot at work… where the sidewalk actually ends… and I always say… watch your step where the sidewalk ends… and it is so funny how many people comment on it when I say it. We all loved Shel!
    Great post!

  9. Always a fan of reading. I love to see kids with a book. And I’ve always enjoyed reading to my kids. Nice, Andy!

  10. Ahh, thanks for the kind words. We have or moments as any family does but I try to put the fun in dysfunctional. Yes, there’s a lot of love here. And if you keep reading (we always have room for more in our community) you’ll understand why. Thanks for stopping by and commenting WFFME!

  11. WordsFallFromMyEyes on said:

    This is so sweet 🙂 What a beautiful family.

  12. I never heard of him before but my wife had all his books, like you. And now the covers are all falling off and bindings are failing too, like yours. We had so much fun with these at night with Acrobat and monsters under the bed and more. I hope our kids turn out to be the reader and writer you turned out to be. And I wish you some peace in the loss of your friend Erin. Thanks for adding your thoughts.

  13. I loved Shel Silverstein books as a child. I have all of his books, and they’re all falling apart because I read them so many times. Good poems and great memories. 🙂

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