By: Rebecca Davisson
His Central Idea
From 1930-1999, Chicago, Illinois, Shel Silverstein, wrote astonishing childrens books and poems, because he wanted to make kids excited about reading, and he loves to write.
A Summary of His Life
Similarities of Writing Style
Similarities of Theme
The theme in most of his books is not to take things that you have for granted. In the book the Giving Tree, the theme is to not take things that you have for granted, because sooner or later they won't be there anymore. In the book Falling Up, the theme in most of the poems is, that life has a plan even if it is unexpected. Lastly, the theme in A Giraffe In A Half is not to take things you have for granted because they are perfect the way they are. Those are the themes of some of his books.
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