Monday, October 3, 2011

Everything On It by Shel Silverstein

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

I have been a fan of Shel Silverstein's for a very long time and was so excited to find his newest release at our local library. This collection of poems and drawings is so fun, you and your kids will laugh together as you read these poems and enjoy the wide variety of topics he explores.

Positives: This book will make you laugh! Sometimes you'll giggle or chuckle or let out a groan and other times you will just laugh out loud. He is a master at poetry that children love and it's a great book to read together with your kids.

Negatives: Preview the poems before reading them with your children as you may feel some are inappropriate depending on the ages of your children and your family.

Talking Points: While many of the poems we just enjoyed for a good laugh (Prov. 17:22), there were some that brought out a few good topics to talk about. "The Lovetobutcants" is a poem that addresses laziness (Prov. 6:6-9,13:4, 19:24, 20:4, 21:25,22:13, 26:13)."Unhappy Here" can bring about a discussion on contentment (II Cor. 12:7-10, Phil. 4:11, I Tim. 6:6-8) )and "The Clock Man" and "Biography" can speak to making of the most of the days God has given us and living each moment to glorify Him (Ps. 90:10-12, Matt. 25:14-29). These are just a few of the poems that brought about discussion in our home. As you read be mindful of other things you can teach your child about the gospel through these writings and have fun!

Age Level: 3-12 year olds

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