Shel Silverstein By Martin Phillips

Sheldon Allan SIlverstein was born in Chicago Illinois on September 25, 1930.

Shel has always had an interest in Cartoons and drawing. He began drawing cartoons at the age of 12.

Shel Graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1948.

Shel Silverstein grew up in Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago.

Shel later attended the University of Illinois where he was expelled. He then transferred to the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Did Shel finish college? Even though Shel went back to college, he never finished. While in college Shel was drafted into the United States Army. Shel was in the military during the Korean War.In his time in the military, Shel continued his interest for cartoons. While on military bases he had many cartoon drawings that were published by the Pacific Stars and Stripes magazine. One of those books was "Take Ten". A new first edition of this book can cost thousands of dollars.
How did Shel begin writing? After returning from his military duty, Shel met Ursula Nordstrom. Nordstrom convinced him to begin writing children's stories. Shel was very interested and released numerous books that same year. One of these pieces was "The Lion Who Shot Back". One thing that made Silverstein's writing special is his personal cartoons with every page. These cartoons added comedy and life to every page.
Shel Silverstein Books- Giraffe and a half, The Lion Who Shot Back, Take Ten, Uncle Shelby's Story, and The Giving Tree. The Giving Tree is one of Silverstein's most famous books and is arguably one of the greatest children's books of all time, selling over five million copies.
Poetry- Runny Babbit, Everything On It, Falling Up, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic are some of Shel's better known Poetry books. Even though his poetry can be some what dark for children, they have a humorous side to them as well. Silverstein's poems are accompanied with a black and white cartoon illustration.
Shel Silverstein wrote hundreds of songs and worked with many famous music icons. One of the musicians Shel worked with was Johnny Cash. The most famous song they created was "A Boy Named Sue". In 2010 Bobby Bare and Bobby Bare Jr. released a CD of musicians recording Silverstein's songs into one piece as a tribute to him.

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