Shel Silverstein Speech

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Good afternoon everyone today I am here to introduce you to a wonderful poet I am sure you all know. Many of us were read his poetry all through elementary school and the poetry was still referenced through high school. The poet that I am going to introduce you to is Shel Silverstein. Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He once stated that and I quote “When I was a kid I would have much rather been good at baseball or a hit with the girls, but I couldn’t play ball, I couldn’t dance so I started to draw and write.” Over time he has written 11 children’s books and cartoons for other things , however it might surprise you to know that not only did he write books, but he also wrote music as well. Some of the people that he wrote songs for were Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed, and others. One of his books “Where the Sidewalk Ends," won the New York Times Outstanding Book Award in 1974, and went on to win the Michigan Young Readers' Award in 1981, and the George G. Stone Award in 1984. Another book called “A Light In the Attic," a collection of poems and drawings, was published in 1981. It won Best Books, School Library Journal in 1981, the Buckeye Awards in 1983 and in 1985 the George G. Stone Award in 1984, and the William Allen White Award in 1984. His book The Missing Piece Meets the Big O," which is a sequel to "The Missing Piece," won the International Reading Association's Children's Choice Award in 1982. Although he has written many books for children that is not all that he has written. While he was serving in the military he worked as a cartoonist for the Pacific Stars and Stripes, which is a military publication. After completing is military duty, he was hired to do cartoons for Playboy. Who would have though a man who wrote such wonderful poems for children could also do cartoons for the Playboy magazine? If all that wasn’t enough he also wrote some plays. This man was very busy though out his entire life. I am...
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