No education would be complete without poetry, and no poetry is a better introduction than Shel Silverstein’s. Poetry is not scary. Most of us enjoy poetry daily when it is set to music. In fact, that’s a great way to get kids started: dissect a few song lyrics.
Falling Up is funny with an edge, such as “Every Lunchtime” where there’s a snake in the kid’s lunchbox. When trying to describe Shel Silverstein’s work, the best I can come with is poetry touched with dark comedy, rated PG. It’s best to read these aloud and perhaps pick and choose which ones you’ll read to the younger or sensitive ones. However, don’t miss out on the genius of Silverstein; there is a rare and true child-like perspective in these poems and an honesty we can all enjoy.