A new story from Part-Time Genius



To like a baby acting like me right it gets this sidedly inappropriate from there so i'm not going to go into details you can track down the song for yourself if you dare to do so but let's just say the characters relationship goes from unhealthy to something much much worse ono so i mean you can kind of see why johnny cash might have taken to pass on that for sure i mean it really is sort of a weird thing to think about something that dark coming from the mind of a celebrated children's author but honestly i mean that kind of black humor pops up a lot in the poems he wrote for kids i was just looking at some examples of this and you know one of the best is probably the poem called dreadful and this comes from where the sidewalk ends and it's pretty short so i'll just read it real quick here it goes someone eight the baby what a frightful thing to eat someone eight the baby though she wasn't very sweet it was a heartless thing to do the policeman haven't got a clue i simply can't imagine who would go in burp eat the baby i mean i do understand why some parents might not approve that one you know most of us tend to frown on baby eating on the other hand like the poem is clever it's funny it seems pretty harmless on all and i know people have accused silverstone's poetry of being a bad influence but like does anyone really think their kids go cannibal after hearing that i know what you mean but it did give me wondering like what it is about silverstone's poetry that kids find so inherently appealing you know despite how dark it can get sometimes and what i found is that it partly comes down to how kids respond to poetry in general all kinds of psychological studies have shown that connection between music and an infant's development of of their language and according to this article from frontiers in psychology quote the further removed of feature of languages from music the later it is learned so the idea that kids respond so well the poetry because it's the most musical of the language based art so just just kind of makes sense that's really fascinating because you know if it's the musicality responding to then a lot of the pews is probably in the sounds that our voices make rather than the words themselves and i guess that makes sense given how like children's poetry usually plays up these acoustical aspects like rhythm or rhyme it's really more than most adult poetry does i guess yeah and i think most shows poets have to know that their work will be read aloud so it makes sense that they've tried to craft these highly musical verses since those are the most fun both put the here and to to listen to yeah and obviously shel silverstein did just that but you know i don't think it's just the musicality of his writing that's endeared him to so many generations of young readers like silliness and cleverness obviously that has a lot to do with it but if you ask me the thing that really wins kids over are those hints of medicine sadness that underlying so much of his work like where the sidewalk ends is such a melancholy poem and even as a concept it sounds sort of forboding is that what you think kids like about it i mean i know kids get a kick out of scaring themselves just like adults to of course as long as it's the right amount of scare and they don't want their endanger or anything but the why would something sad or upsetting be that appealing to them i mean i it's what you're saying about the right amount right like i think kids will kind of appreciate it and react to the honesty of something like that like maybe even if it's just on a subconscious level they they recognize that even though the author's writing for them he isn't really treating them like kids and actually to go along with that there's this great quote i want to read from the daily beast and it's this article i found it's about why the less than sunny world of some children's books resonate so deeply with kids so it says small ineffectively powerless against the whims of.

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