Shel Silverstein liked Italian Food!

While the beloved childhood poet Shel Silverstein has been gone nearly twelve years now, a series of unpublished poems lives on in a new book called Every Thing On It that has  just been released by Silverstein’s family.

I remember as a child in grammar school the famous duo  A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends, were the only books we’d check out from the school library.  His quirky characters and imaginative artwork translated to smiles and giggles for anyone who read his books.  I also like how many of the poems were short, and there was a sense of accomplishment to an eight-year-old when they could finish a big book like that.

The new book actually contains two new poems about food!  The first a hot dog with everything on it!  And the second entitled Italian Food:

(It’s funnier when you read it out loud)

Italian Food

Oh, how I love Italian food.
I eat it all the time,
Not just ’cause how good it tastes
But ’cause how good it rhymes.
Minestrone, cannelloni,
Macaroni, rigatoni,
Spaghettini, scallopini,
Escarole, braciole,
Insalata, cremolata, manicotti,
Marinara, carbonara,
Shrimp francese, Bolognese,
Ravioli, mostaccioli,
Mozzarella, tagliatelle,
Fried zucchini, rollatini,
Fettuccine, green linguine,
Tortellini, Tetrazzini,
Oops—I think I split my jeani.

Check out the full article at NPR Books

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