Apr 15, 2022 - News

Chicago's Shel Silverstein gets a stamp

Wall of a school
A hallway in Darwin Elementary School, where Shel Silverstein was a student. The new stamp is featured in the bottom left corner. Photo courtesy of Chicago Public Schools

👋 Hey, Monica here. Some of my favorite CPS memories were listening to teachers read poems from Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends."

  • I still get choked up by Silverstein's "The Giving Tree," about a tree that surrenders everything to a boy.

Why it matters: The U.S. Postal Service recently introduced a Shel Silverstein Forever stamp.

  • It pays tribute to the late writer and illustrator by using an image from "The Giving Tree."

The intrigue: The stamp made its world debut last week in a presentation at Darwin Elementary School in Logan Square — notable because Silverstein went there in the '40s, followed by high school at Roosevelt in Albany Park.

  • What? How did I not know Silverstein went to CPS?
  • I hope every area parent who reads his books to their kids tells them about the hometown connection.
  • I'll be getting the stamps to send letters to my kids — also CPS alums — and remind them of the days when we used to read "Where the Sidewalk Ends" before bed.
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