Where the Sidewalk Ends Quotes

23 of the best book quotes from Where the Sidewalk Ends
  1. #1
    If you are a dreamer, come in,
    If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
    A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...
    If you’re a pretender come sit by my fire
    For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
    Come in!
    Come in!
  2. #2
    “This boat that we just built is just fine—
    And don’t try to tell us it’s not.
    The sides and the back are divine—
    It’s the bottom I guess we forgot. . . .”
  3. #3
    My skin is kind of sort of brownish
    Pinkish yellowish white.
    My eyes are greyish blueish green,
    But I’m told they look orange in the night.
    My hair is reddish blondish brown,
    But it’s silver when its wet,
    And all the colors I am inside
    Have not been invented yet.
  4. #4
    I’ll swing
    By my ankles,
    She’ll cling
    To your knees
    As you hang
    By your nose
    From a high-up
    But just one thing, please,
    As we float through the breeze—
    Don’t sneeze.”
  5. #5
    “Ricky was ‘L’ but he’s home with the flu,
    Lizzie, our ‘O,’ had some homework to do,
    Mitchell, ‘E’ prob’ly got lost on the way,
    So I’m all of the love that could make it today.”
  6. #6
    “He wasted his wishes on wishing.”
  7. #7
    “Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
    Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
    Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
    And shared a conversation with the housefly
    in my bed.
    Once I heard and answered all the questions
    of the crickets,
    And joined the crying of each falling dying
    flake of snow,
    Once I spoke the language of the flowers. . . .
    How did it go?
    How did it go?”
  1. #8
    “And here we see the invisible boy
    In his lovely invisible house,
    Feeding a piece of invisible cheese
    To a little invisible mouse.
    Oh, what a beautiful picture to see!
    Will you draw an invisible picture for me?”
  2. #9
    “So I’m all of love that could make it today.”
  3. #10
    “Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
    Eddie touched a troll,
    Laurie danced with witches once,
    Charlie found some goblins’ gold.
    Donald heard a mermaid sing,
    Susy spied an elf,
    But all the magic I have known
    I’ve had to make myself.”
  4. #11
    “In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
    He wasted his wishes on wishing.”
  5. #12
    “A tree house, a free house,
    A secret you and me house,
    A high up in the leafy branches
    Cozy as can be house.
    A street house, a neat house,
    Be sure to wipe your feet house
    Is not my kind of house at all—
    Let’s go live in a tree house.”
  6. #13
    I will not play at tug o’ war.
    I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
    Where everyone hugs
    Instead of tugs,
    Where everyone giggles
    And rolls on the rug,
    Where everyone kisses,
    And everyone grins,
    And everyone cuddles,
    And everyone wins.
  7. #14
    “But all the magic I have known
    I’ve had to make myself.”

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  1. #15
    “It’s amazing the difference
    A bit of sky can make.”
  2. #16
    Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,
    Listen to the DON’TS
    Listen to the SHOULDN’TS
    Listen to the NEVER HAVES
    Then listen close to me—
    Anything can happen, child,
    ANYTHING can be.
  3. #17
    “If you were only one inch tall, you’d ride a worm to school.
    The teardrop of a crying ant would be your swimming pool.”
  4. #18
    “Oh, if you’re a bird, be an early bird
    And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.
    If you’re a bird, be an early early bird—
    But if you’re a worm, sleep late.”
  5. #19
    “And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.”
  6. #20
    Are wild strawberries really wild?
    Will they scratch an adult, will they snap at a child?
    Should you pet them, or let them run free where they roam?
    Could they ever relax in a steam-heated home?
    Can they be trained to not growl at the guests?
    Will a litterbox work or would they make a mess?
    Can we make them a Cowberry, herding the cows,
    Or maybe a Muleberry pulling the plows,
    Or maybe a Huntberry chasing the grouse,
    Or maybe a Watchberry guarding the house,
    And though they may curl up at your feet oh so sweetly
    Can you ever feel that you trust them completely?
    Or should we make a pet out of something less scary,
    Like the Domestic Prune or the Imported Cherry,
    Anyhow, you’ve been warned and I will not be blamed
    If your Wild Strawberries cannot be tamed.
  7. #21
    “There is a place where the sidewalk ends
    And before the street begins,
    And there the grass grows soft and white,
    And there the sun burns crimson bright,
    And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
    To cool in the peppermint wind.
    Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
    And the dark street winds and bends.
    Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
    We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
    And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
    To the place where the sidewalk ends.
    Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
    And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
    For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
    The place where the sidewalk ends.”
  8. #22
    “She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME
    And she grew so tall,
    She ate from a plate called TASTE ME
    And down she shrank so small.
    And so she changed, while other folks
    Never tried nothin’ at all.”
  9. #23
    If the track is tough and the hill is rough,
    THINKING you can just ain’t enough!