Tuesday, May 12

Put Something In

by Shel Silverstein

Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-grumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
'Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain't been there before.

Thanks Kavi and Brenda for adding your Market Day posts!


  1. I do LOVE Shel Silverstein. My husband bought me the book 'The Missing Piece' when we were dating with the nicest note inside. I'll always treasure it.

    On a different note, we have a copy of 'Different Dances.' Let's just sum it up by saying it isn't a coffee table book (and I don't care what my husband says). It has drawings about random human behavior. It isn't for kids but I love it!

  2. Ever heard any of Shel's albums? He wasn't an amazing singer really....but he wrote some hilarious songs. The content of his songs were also much more on the 'adult' side when compared to many of his more popular books. If you can find one, they are a hoot to listen to.

  3. Shel Silverstein is my favourite poet. I always buy his books for people when they have kids. :)

  4. Ooooo... thanks for the tips. I stumbled on "Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book" many years ago and found it hilarious. I'll have to check out what else he's done for the grown-ups.

    (here's chapter 1 from Barnes and Nobel dot com)

    A is for apple

    See the nice green apple.
    How many nice green apples can you eat?
    Make a circle around the number of nice green little apples you ate today.
    1 2 3 4 7 12 26 38 57 83 91 116

    B is for baby

    See the baby
    The baby is fat
    The baby is pink
    The baby can cry
    The baby can laugh
    See the baby play
    Play, baby, play.
    Pretty, pretty, baby.
    Mommy loves the baby more than she loves you.

    Z is for zoo

    Let's go to the zoo
    See all the animals!
    The animals are locked inside the cages.
    Poor animals!
    Who will let them out???

    See the elephant in the zoo. Give the nice elephant some peanut shells with pepper inside. That will be a good joke on him. Ha. Ha. Ha Ha. The elephant is mad but don't worry -- By tomorrow the elephant will have forgotten all about it.

    Poor hippopotomus. The hippopotumos has a bone stuck in his throat and can't get it out. Poor hipopothomus the hipopottomos has no fingers like you do. Poor hipotopomus. Say, maybe he is not a real hiptopomos after all. Maybe he is really a royal prince that has been turned into a hipopotomos by a wicked witch and when some person takes the bone out of his throat the spell will be broken and he will turn back into a prince again and give whoever did it a million dollars in gold and a horse and a castle.

    See the hippopotimus in the zoo


    Copyright © 1961 by Shel Silverstein

  5. Here is an example of his "singing".

    He has a fun voice and quite a way with words.

    The Great Smoke Off

  6. Shel!
    Cool, Christine!!


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