I like Shel Silverstein, a lot, and feel like his writing is on such a much higher plane than most, though his poems were often meant or read to. Boa Constrictor is a poem out of Shel Silverstein’s popular children’s book, Where the Sidewalk Ends. Shel Silverstein is known for his. Boa Constrictor This song is by Shel Silverstein and appears on the album Inside Folk Songs () and on the album Where The Sidewalk Ends ().

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As I was searching through my old childhood books for this assignment, I was coming to realize that alot of the stories I read could potentially be scary or weird if they were real and not childrens books.

Shel Silverstein:Boa Constrictor Lyrics

It is just as much about the artwork as the words are sometimes mixed in with the pictures—interacting with each other. But the visuals are what makes these stories suitable for children to read. Notify me of new comments via email.

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This visual works to achieve its purpose because it is simple, unrealistic and open for interpretation. Kids are able to shhel it without creating fears about snakes, or horrors of being eaten alive. Shel Silverstein is known for his humorous poems, and the black and white sketch drawings that accompany them.


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They are subtle, but effective. In this illustration our writer cannot be seen on the page, but we see the snake stretching across the page constrivtor one leg in his mouth.

The Boa Constrictor Should Jump Off the End of the Sidewalk

Without the visuals, this story would be scary for a child to read. Writing on the Visual Arts, Spring By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. In reality I think it is probably a healthy thing, but my childhood seems so much more innocent than I think it actually silversteon.

These used to be some of my favorite things to read when I was young. This site uses cookies. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I remember having to memorize one of these poems in the third grade and recite it in front of the class.

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The snake looks old with his wrinkled mouth and worried face, perhaps nervous wondering how exactly he is going to gulp down a full man. But the visual makes this story fun and conxtrictor They are easy to read, so they appeal to children, but are also funny for adults.


Email required Address never made public. You are commenting using your WordPress. We are left thinking that our writer wrote hi poem up until the point he was completely consumed. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Also, you are right that these poems appeal to adults just as much as kids because they are witty and so well done.

The poems would not have the same meaning or sense of humor without the drawings. The riddle is entertaining, but I agree that it is the illustration that provides the fun and engaging humor. With the humorous illustration, and funny rhymes, we are able to laugh at the fate of the man that is too busy to stop writing to wiggle out of the grip of a snake that is very slowly consuming him.