Jackson Creek Middle School
Shel Silverstein's Jobs
by Melia V.
Shel Silverstein had many more jobs then just a poet growing up. He drew cartoons for the army in the 1950's which was published in the military newsletter called Stars and Stripes.
After he got out of the army, he submitted cartoons for Playboy magazine. They appeared in many of the issues from 1956 to the late 1900s.
He became a country and rock song writer. One of his greatest hits "A Boy Named Sue" won a Grammy award in 1969.
Shel Silverstein did not plan on becoming a children's writer, but his friend Tom Ungerer pursuaded him into writing children's books. William Cole, an editor, rejected one of his first and most successful books, The Giving Tree.
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Updated: April 21, 2003