Dec 4, 2015

POETRY FRIDAY: “Snowball” by Shel Silverstein

Thanks to Buffy at Buffy's Blog for hosting Poetry Friday today!

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As I’ve mentioned before, Shel Silverstein is one of my all-time favorite poets. He had a knack for creating poetry that is smart, engaging, and entertaining—three of the “must haves” for kids’ poetry, in my opinion.

I love all of Silverstein’s poetry, but the poem I am sharing today is extra special because when I taught third grade, one of my students wrote it out on a piece of paper and gave it to me. He loved it and he knew that I would, too. This touched me so much that I’ve held onto it for 15 years. When I came across it a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to share it for a winter Poetry Friday post. I hope it makes you smile today!

by Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)

I made myself a snow ball 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 it's head.
Then, last night it ran away.
But first -- it wet the bed.

Thanks, Alex, wherever you are!☺ Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and Happy Writing!


  1. Aw Becky -- you are such a sweetie for hanging onto this handwritten Shel poem!!! God bless you!!!

  2. LOL. Great poem! Needed to smile today. Thanks for sharing. I love that you kept the handwritten version for so many years.

  3. Dear Becky,
    Thanks for writing this fun post. I loved the poem by Shel Silverstein about Snowballs. It is so funny.

    Love, Joan

  4. What a great way for you and David to connect on a deeper level. I hope Shel Silverstein really understood how much kids loved his poems.

    1. Thank you, Linda. I realized over the weekend that the little boy's name was Alex, not David. Both boys were super sweet, though! = )

  5. Snowball made me laugh--and how wonderful that you still have your student's gift after all these years.

  6. So sweet... the poem and the gesture. Thanks for sharing your keepsake with us, Becky.

  7. Nothing better than gifts from the hearts of our students!

  8. Love it! How special that a student wrote it down for you. :) I am a huge Shel fan- his poetry always makes me smile. :)


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