Item description for The Missing Piece (An Ursula Nordstrom Book) by Shel Silverstein...
Overview Line drawings and unadorned text record the extended search of a certain something for its missing piece
It was missing a piece.And it was not happy.So it set off in searchof its missing piece.And as it rolledit sang this song - Oh I'm lookin' for my missin' pieceI'm lookin' for my missin' pieceHi-dee-ho, here I go, Lookin' for my missin' piece.
What it finds on its search for the missing piece is simply and touchingly told in this fable that gently probes the nature of quest and fulfillment.
Supports the Common Core State Standards
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.74" Width: 7.36" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jan 24, 2006
ISBN 0060256710 ISBN13 9780060256715 UPC 046594014955
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More About Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.
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Even young children get it Sep 28, 2007
Both my 5 year old and my three year old love this book. It relates to all three of us at levels we all can understand. I always enjoyed reading this story, but it was not until I had children and began reading to them, did I realize the signaifcance and poinancy of what was realy going on. Not to look for affirmation or completion, but you are ok just as you are. I fell in love with this book all over again.
Possibly the best book ever written Sep 10, 2007
OK, there may be some stiff competetion in terms of "the best book ever written" -but this is one of my favorite books ever written. For some reason it's lesser known than many of the other Shel Silverstein poem books (may adults have never heard of it), but IMHO this one is a MUST READ. Although I like some of the poem books, quite honestly, they aren't my favorite. If you judge this book by them, then you may miss this wonderful story. I don't think that I've read this and haven't been able to get a smile out of any kid or any adult.
Really , being careful what you ask for, you might just get it Jan 21, 2007
My daughter, Sophia, recently reminded me that this was her "favorite" Silverstein growing up, though she certainly read them all and grew up on them. Well, not the adult magazine stuff, the kid stuff. Now almost 16 she tells me that she thinks this particular story has a "genius" that she relates to her view of the "search" for "love" and "completion". A part of me, as her mom, cringes now figuring this relates to our homelife somehow as we Mom's tend to feel things always relate to our mistakes or our blindnesses and on some level parental dynamics... but...that's the point really.
This is a very clear description of her father (her sister disagrees and makes this a nice pointed discussion) she says to me happily today as I relate I'm writing this review of a past favorite, and I suppose I can nod that I know it is, really. In the story a missing piece meets a rolling ...thing...a story of how a pie shaped piece completes a circle after long search..a story of something that is unhappy alone that searches for others to plug the gap, or to plug another's hole, making and then losing,then breaking, then fleeing from wholeness possibilities in those completions found. A perfect one or two situations present themselves (to make a deeper point about what this story is really about) to be crushed or left, as life didn't become perfect enough in this unity based on this "needing". In the end, in a kind of epiphany, it would appear better go along unfilled, being happy or at least free, understanding this thing called "need" that can't be filled by another at least for long- and singularly or at least in "self"- enjoying in a Thoreau like way flower, fields, slow pursuit, smells, clouds, days. Just as the Tree in the "Giving Tree" comes off female, the piece in the Missing Piece projects male. I want to say a few other things but I will stop as it will reveal my thoughts on those that look, judge, decide and move on. A kind of Silverstein looks at relationships guidebook I suppose. This is another aspect of human dynamics, different from the Tree story, not about parenting but about living, and no easy parable- open to many interpretations and likely quite telling in how one relates to its meaning. Fits for my daughter something that appears to be very much a part of her self concept. She wants to go out and develop her life and feels searching for another to be a true fools bargain, well I was quoting her. I'm mostly just wondering. I suppose a bit more confused as ever. not allowed enough insight to really understand a typical Silverstein technique. Torn by whether or not I can accept the message. Reminded me of "What's It All About Alfie?" but I'm not sure why. I stand by it as my response however.
When I read it to Sophia young I often thought that I should: 1)hide the book from her father 2) change the ending but she read early and so I would try to edit but she was not fooled 3) disparage it vehemently But I picked: d) just kind of wonder why it spoke to her so clearly
And I imagine it still speaks to many including Sophia. I read someone here relating it as a wedding present. I'm trying to picture that happening. Somehow not sure even as a completely actualized being or couple if I'd be entirely joyful with this as a wedding present, it seems a pretty strong argument against the state, but that's just me. Who knows maybe I just prefer silver patterns and china. Maybe I'm not there yet.
Sophia, who loved round heads in stories, at two Charlie Brown being her favorite, always stopped the story and said, "I don't think this is a good end." And would make me read it over and over loving it, shutting it as it rolled down the hill. And my son would leave the room but he wasn't so big on this story....he and Sylvia loving the poetry volume "Where The Sidewalk Ends"..in the end I felt this had mixed family reviews optimists on one side calling the other side pessimists, pessimists on the other calling themselves optimists and label makers aimed...in short, my husband found the book "exactly right"..."It's the pursuit, Sarah".... And I looked out wistfully and sang internally the "The City of New Orleans" and thought about days when we were both free to travel....in this way Silverstein captures feelings in our heart....(And for the record I do not recommend the Big O as to me speaking as powerful a message though it is a message one might "want" to hear.. I thought it was a poor attempt to dumb/numb/water/happify the message,a sequel.) And yes I do recommend it to read with the caveat you might want to read it yourself first and think a bit about how you feel.
for a wedding gift Jan 9, 2007
This is a wonderful children's book, but I have given a copy as a wedding gift. It was very well recieved.
if you've never really grown up. . . Jan 4, 2007
Like nearly all of Silverstein's book, this is excellent and is worth reading over and over again. Cute for kids or the potential to have a strong social message to adults dealing with relationships. . .or just life.