Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Come in! Come in!

Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein starts with this poem;


If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer....
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!

My kids love seeing their nana so much! We were over there Mon-Tuesday, because we were invited to a birthday party in the area for little Sophie, who turned 3, on Tuesday morning, (we had fun you guys!!!!). My mom has started this tradition that the kids really enjoy. We have a poetry reading, and it often (always) involves Shel Silverstein's poetry. We each pick out a poem and read it to the "audience". Violet decided she wanted to have a poetry contest, so she made a sign, and we took turns. She even made tickets to the show. Olivia recited a little poem (with some help from Nana). Violet then scored us on a percentage scale, and Olivia was the winner with 100%!
They also performed 2 plays; Little Red Riding Hood, and Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Olivia made a wonderful debut performance as the Big, Bad Wolf, and Nana starred as the Grandma & the Wood Chopper, and Violet starred as Little Red Riding Hood, while I enjoyed being the "audience". I got to play the mama bear in the 3 bears, Violet was the baby bear and Olivia was daddy bear, and Nana was Goldilocks.
We love Shel Silverstein's poetry and drawings. If you get a chance, be sure to check them out. Children really enjoy them (as well as adults) because they are so silly and fun to act out.
We are definately "great pretenders!"

Added notes:
Shel Silverstein sadly passed away in 1999. But there is a great website about him and his stories and illustrations here. Some great books by him are below:

Ones we've read:
The Giving Tree
Falling Up
A Light in the Attic
Where the Sidewalk Ends

Ones we would like to read:
Runny Babbit
Lafcadio, the lion who shot back
Who wants a cheap rhinoceros?
The missing piece


wayabetty said...

Sounds like a great time had by all! I have to check out this author, haven't read anything by him/her (?) yet.

Kent said...

I own "A Light in the Attic". Great book. He communicates so effectively with such simple writing. Amazing!

Darn funny, too.

Among my favorites from that book: "Backward Bill", "How Not to Have to Do the Dishes Anymore", and the one about the hippopotamus who builds wings and tries to fly (can't remember the name!)