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Shel Silverstein was an American poet, singer-lyricist, musician, composer, cartoonist,
screenwriter, and author of children's books. Shel Silverstein called himself Uncle Shelby, even
those his real name was Sheldon. Silverstein's talents were already well-developed by the time he
served in the US armed forces during the 1950s. He Silverstein became a cartoonist for Playboy
Shel Silverstein Poems
He said "I never planned to write or draw for kids. It was Tomi Ungerer, a friend of mine, who
insisted… practically dragged me, kicking and screaming, into Ursula Nordstrom's office. And she
convinced me that Tomi was right, I could do children's books."
Shel Silverstein didn't begin writing for children until he penned Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio,
the Lion Who Shot Back, published in 1963. After the publication of The Giving Tree in 1964 he
achieved fame as a children's writer. In the late 1960s Shel Silverstein became also known for
being a composer and lyricist of songs.
A collection of Shel Silverstein poems for children called "Where The Sidewalk Ends" Published in
1974. Shel Silverstein died on 10 May 1999 from a heart attack. Shel Silverstein is ranked at 62 in
the top 500 poets.