Shel Silverstein was born in 1930 to a Jewish family in Illinois. He was expelled from from University of Illinois before attending the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts before being drafted into the army. While in the army he was sent to Korea and Japan. He has two children – a son and a daughter (who, unfortunately, died when she was 11 of a cerebral aneurysm) – out of all the poet’s I’ve featured the past few days Silverstein was the only one who had any children.
He was an author, poet, song-writer, and a cartoonist. He illustrated all of his children’s books, won a Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. One of my favorite picture books, The Giving Tree, is one of his books along with memorable titles like The Missing Piece, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Giraffe and a Half. He took being a book-lover very seriously and even got to the point where he would choose the specific paper size, type, color and shape his works would be printed on. I wonder what his thought on e-books would be.