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Shel Silverstein an exemplary poet born in 1932 Chicago Illinois is still among us today He is an extremely opinionated and open-minded man who has effected may children and adults and benefited important parts of modern society Silversteins knack for appealing to all ages in a single book first became apparent when he published The Giving Tree in 1964 The Giving Tree could slant in two directions Its a little too sad for children and kind of simple for adults Although churches and teachers found it necessary to use it as a parable for society Each book was a pure example of energetic wordplay A Light In the Attic published in 1981 scored a major breakthrough for childrens literature when it captured the number one spot on the adult nonfiction best seller list a position it occupied for several weeks Where The Sidewalk Ends published after A Light In The Attic was considered a childrens classic Each was a special book filled with realistically funny poems Two of them adored by many read Cloony the Clown Ill tell you a story of Cloony the Clown Who worked in a circus that came through the town His shoes were too big and his hat was too small He just wasnt just wasnt funny at all He had a trombone to play loud silly tunes He had a green dog and a thousand balloons He was floppy and sloppy and skinny and tall But he just wasnt just wasnt funny at all And every time he did a trick Everyone felt a little sick And every time he told a joke Folks sighed as if their hearts were broke And every time he lost a shoe Everyone looked awfully blue And every time he stood on his head Everyone screamed Go back to bed And every time he made a leap Everyone fell asleep And every time he ate his tie
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