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Bedtime Stories

Going to bed is always a challenge. If I had some sons we could read stories about cars or sports or monsters. However I have an amazing set of daughters. And so I read them poems about manners,  sports and  monsters.

After a long set of try outs my daughters have found affection in Shel Silverstein‘s, “Where The Sidewalk Ends” . We read and act out our favorite tales each night before bedtime. Lots of fun! Here are some of our, er……,      I mean THEIR favorites:

(Dylan reads the one above to me)


In the undergrowth

There dwells a Bloath

Who feeds upon poets and tea

Luckily we know this about him

While he knows almost nothing about me!


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!

– Shel Silverstein


“Walk the plank,” says Pirate Jim.                                       
“But Captain Jim, I cannot swim.”
“Then you must steer us through the gale.”
“But Captain Jim, I cannot sail.”
“Then down with the galley slaves you go.”
“But Captain Jim, I cannot row.”
“Then you must be a pirate’s clerk”
“But Captain Jim, I cannot work.”
“Then a pirate captain you must be.”
“Thank you, Jim,” says Captain Me.


You can find these and many more

great night time stories in Shel Silverstein’s

  “Where the Sidewalk Ends”.

Or check out his fun interactive web site,


7 thoughts on “Bedtime Stories

  1. oh no! They don’t touch my dishes yet! 🙂 Half the fun is reading the stories to the kids and part of the fun is acting them out while you read. Lots of fun and laughter! Thanks for looking into our Bedtime stories!

  2. Loved this post, wonderful! I wish my girls had this book growing up, sadly they didnt but I am so going to share it with them, even now they will enjoy it.
    When I read the first one I was imagining a lot of broken crockery in your home :):):)

  3. We had a lot of fun with these. I can only imagine how silly you can be with some of these. I will check out Alligator Pie next. Thankx! It reminds me of another one of our favourites, The Crocodile’s Toothache. I hope you do get the book. I think YOU would have some much fun with it. Have a great weekend Leanne!

  4. Love these. You know, I’m going to have to buy this for my kids for Christmas. We’ve read a fair bit of poetry… they love Dennis Lee. Here’s a link to Alligator Pie: http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/engramja/projects&evals/mag_2/dennis_l.htm

  5. Wow! This was my favorite book growing up and I completely forgot about it. Thank you for reminding me. I think I’ll have to go out and get a copy (for my own bed-time stories) 😉

    🙂 K.

  6. Hey Fav Sister in Law…did you see I put that picture in Time For Some Dirt” that you asked for? ……she did it again!! Ahhhhhhh.

    Thanks for checking in! i will try to do better with more ‘dookie’ stories and other LOL moments.


  7. Fave Sister In Law on said:

    Love the Bedtime stories. I remember this book for my childhood. I will have to get a copy of it from the library for Big Cuz

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