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Shel Silverstein Biograghy

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Persephone Valdes

on 28 February 2014

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Transcript of Shel Silverstein Biograghy

Shel Silverstein's Early Life
Shel Silverstein was born as Sheldon Allan Silverstein in 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. Shel Silverstein never really intended on being a children story writer. When he was young he wanted to be a professional baseball player for his favorite team, The Chicago White Sox, but he could hardly hit the ball! He also wanted to be popular around the girls but no one really showed interest in him. Then, when he realized girls and sports weren't for him, he got interested in drawing. He spent most of his time as a kid avoiding household chores and focusing on his art.
Shel Silverstein is a very talented and creative man. He was a musician, poet, song writer, singer, composer, cartoonist and screen writer. For all his talents, he won the Grammy Award in 1970 and many other awards you will read about later on. This Jewish multi-talent man is known for writing and illustrating many books like, The Light in the Attic, a Giraffe and a Half, The Missing Piece,Where the Sidewalk Ends, the Giving Tree, Falling Up, Runny Babbit, and many other fun books.
Impact On Society
Shel Silverstein's poems influence and impact society in very different ways. His poems make people like who they are and say what they think. His poems entertain people and cheer them up.
Shel's poems and songs also inspire people to do new things. He also inspired people to use their imagination and create new thoughts. He shows other people that have similar jobs to think differently about what they do. He entertained people all around the world with his songs, poems, and drawings. He still does all the way to 2014!
Why Shel?
I chose to right about Shel Silverstein because he is a very interesting and talented man. I also love his drawings and poems. I have read nearly all of his books! He inspires me to get on my creative side and help me try new things. I also wanted to learn about his life behind his creations. Shel Silverstein shows people that when you don't give up and do your best, you can do great things in life.
Shel Silverstein acomplished many things with his many talents. First, he won the Grammy Awards for the best country song, " A Boy Named Sue" in 1969. Second he won the Grammy again for best children's recording was for Where the Sidewalk Ends in 1984. Third, he got ALA Notable Book for Where the Sidewalk Ends in 1974. Fourth, he got the Outstanding Book Award for Where the Sidewalk Ends in 1974. Fifth, he won Best book Award in 1981 for A Light in the Attic. Sixth, he won Children's Choice Award in 1982 for The Missing Piece Meets The Big O. Seventh, he won William Allen Book Award for A Light in the Attic in 1984. Shel Silverstein married Susan Hastings and had his first daughter. Then Susan died with heart failure. At age 11 his daughter died too with a brain failure.
Shel Silverstein Biograghy
Shel Silverstein is very hard working, talented, funny, creative, inspiring, and many other things. He has done a lot of hard work and creative thinking to make all his books, songs, poems, and drawings, fun and exciting. Shel Silverstein has gone through a lot of loss and gain to make his creations succeed to what they are now. Shel Silverstein died on May 10, 1999 due to a massive heart attack. All though we can't see him in person, his creations are still here for us to enjoy.
"Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it. - Anything can happen child. Anything can be. - There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part. So give me a happy middle and a very happy start. - If there is a book you want to read but it isn't written yet, write it. - All the colors I am inside have not been invented yet. - Many leaves, one tree. - Just 'cause somethin' hasn't been done, doesn't mean it can't be did." ~ Shel Silverstein.
A poem from one of Shel's award winning books
The cover of another of Shel Silverstein's award winning books, Runny Babbit.
This is one of Shel Silverstein's most famous quotes.
A picture from The Missing Piece
One of Shel's poems
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