Wikipedia.com says: Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein (September 25, 1930 – May 8/9, 1999), was an American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter and author of children’s books. He styled himself as Uncle Shelby in his children’s books. Translated into more than 30 languages, his books have sold over 20 million copies.
When I was 10 y/o, my best friend, Angie, and I got the same gift for Christmas. Our moms had gotten together and decided to give us both the same set of books. The book set contained 3 books all by the same author; Shel Silverstein.
Growing up I’ve gone to these books when I’ve felt alone, sad, down-hearted, or heart-broken. Silverstein’s poetry has always managed to help me “feel” again. I can’t wait for when my son is old enough to red these books with me.
As an adult I cited Silverstein in many college papers and became a fan of his musical career in addition to his poetry. The more I found out about the man and his many talents, the more I wish Id bee alive when he was. His influence is felt all over the world. “How about a hug-o-war?”
Today Shel would have been 82 years young. Happy Birthday to Mr. Silverstein, wherever you are…and thank you for the poetry, music and laughter.