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Where the Sidewalk Ends

By Silverstein, Shel




Where the Sidewalk Ends is a collection of children's poetry written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. The book's poems address many common childhood concerns as well as purely fanciful stories that can easily entertain kids and adults alike. Where the Sidewalk Ends has been translated into more than 20 languages worldwide. The book received the New York Times’ Outstanding Book Award and was named an ALA Notable Book as well as one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Parent & Child magazine.

Note: Recited, sung and shouted by Shel Silverstein himself, the audio edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends was originally released on cassette in 1983 and won the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Recording For Children. 

First edition identification and notes

Harper & Row first published Where the Sidewalk Ends in 1974. First editions state “First Edition” on the copyright page. The dust jacket of a first edition states the original price of $7.95 (which was changed to $8.95 on later editions). 

Other collectible or notable editions

The first British edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends was published by Jonathan Cape in London in 1984. Harper produced special edition 30th and 40th anniversary hardcover editions, which of each include 12 extra poems.


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Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and Drawings

Silverstein, Shel

HarperCollins. Hardcover. 0060572345 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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Price: $18.99


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Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings

Shel Silverstein

HarperCollins, 2004-01-20. Hardcover. Good.

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Price: $8.92


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When We Were Very Young

Milne, A. A. & Ernest H. Shepard

Dutton Books for Young Readers. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1988. Later Printing. Hardcover. 0525444459 . Winnie-the-Pooh; 7.2399999926152 X 4.8799999950224 X 0.6299999993574 inches; 192 pages .

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Price: $4.00