Famous Children Poem

Shel Silverstein's (1930-1999) comedic genius is demonstrated in this short, funny poem that is sure to bring a smile to children of all ages and adults as well.

Bonus pleasure points: If you're sharing this poem with a child be sure to catch the look on their face as they figure out why snowballs don't make good pets!

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I love the humor, innocence and whimsy of this poem. But there's more here than meets the eye. If you look a bit deeper, you can see how we sometimes don't properly interpret our experiences,...

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Snowball

Shel Silverstein By more Shel Silverstein

I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first it wet the bed.

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  • Bipasha Roy by Bipasha Roy
  • 4 months ago

It's a delight to read this poem. So humorous, so lovely! Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite poets. His poems are enjoyed not only by children but also by adults who have secretly retained a child's heart within them.

  • Debbie Hilbert by Debbie Hilbert
  • 8 months ago

I love this poem. I will never forget it because that's what happen to me once.

  • Abdul C. Sahebris by Abdul C. Sahebris
  • 1 year ago

Poignantly written, this poem enhances our relived childhood memories. A snowball capturing the vivid imagination of an innocent mind, all enraptured through an adult mindset.

I love the humor, innocence and whimsy of this poem. But there's more here than meets the eye. If you look a bit deeper, you can see how we sometimes don't properly interpret our experiences, simply because we don't truly understand their nature or that of their source. The child does not understand the transient nature of snow and that it is destined to melt... so too we do not understand the nature of G-d and the things that we may experience in our lives.

  • Don by Don
  • 1 year ago

I love Shel Silverstein. I have 4 of his books that I've bought for my kids' birthdays. I think I enjoy the poems more than my kids as I have to beg them to choose to read from it for bedtime. :-)

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