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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We are left thinking that our writer wrote hi poem up until the point he was completely consumed. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I remember having to memorize one of these poems in the third grade and recite it in front of the class.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The poems would not have the same cojstrictor or sense of humor without the drawings. Email required Address never made public.

These used to be some of my favorite things to read when I was young. Hi, yeah this article is really nice and I have learned lot of things from it on the topic of blogging. But the visual makes this story fun and humorous! The riddle is entertaining, but I agree that it is the illustration that provides the fun and engaging humor.


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 goa scary or weird if they were real and not childrens books. Shel Silverstein is known for his humorous poems, and the black and white sketch drawings that accompany them. It is just as much about the artwork as the words are sometimes mixed in with the pictures—interacting with each other.

The Boa Constrictor Should Jump Off the End of the Sidewalk

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. This visual works to achieve its purpose because it is simple, unrealistic and open for interpretation. 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. Fill in your details below or click sel icon to log in: Leave a Reply Silvershein reply Enter your comment here But the visuals are what makes these stories suitable for children to read.


Where is… Search for: You are commenting using your Twitter account. This site uses cookies. In reality I think it is probably a healthy thing, but my childhood seems so much more innocent than I think it actually was.


Kids are able to read it without creating fears about snakes, or horrors of being eaten alive. Good choice of poem! You are commenting using silverstin Facebook account.

Shel Silverstein:Boa Constrictor Lyrics

Also, you are right that these poems appeal to adults just as much as kids because they are witty and so well done. Without the visuals, this story would be scary for a child to read. In this illustration our writer cannot be seen on the page, but we see the snake stretching across the page with one leg in his mouth. They are easy to read, so they appeal to children, but are also funny for adults. Writing on the Visual Arts, Spring Notify me of new comments via email.

The snake looks old with his wrinkled mouth and worried eilverstein, perhaps nervous wondering how exactly he is going to gulp down a full man. They are subtle, but effective. This entry was posted in Blog Entry 9.