--Beautiful, poetic, and philosophical…You will be amazed: how did the writer say so much with so few words! Actually, this is a cartoon book, but it’s a pity I can't put down any picture here. Here are only the words. How would your mind draw the pictures?
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (by Shel Silverstein)
The missing piece sat alone…
Waiting for someone to come along and take it somewhere.
Some fit…but could not roll.
Others could roll, but did not fit.
One didn’t know a thing about fitting.
And another didn’t know a thing about anything.
One was too delicate. (Pop!)
One put it on a pedestal…and let it there.
Some had too many pieces missing.
Some had too many pieces, period.
It learned to hide from the hungry ones.
Some looked too closely.
Others rolled right by without noticing.
It tried to make itself more attractive…
It didn’t help.
It tried being flashy,
but that just frightened away the shy ones.
At last, one came along that fit just right.
(They rolled along happily, for a while.)
But all of a sudden…
the missing piece began to grow!
“I didn’t know you were going to grow.”
“I didn’t know it either,” said the missing piece.
“I’m looking for my missing piece, one that won’t increase.” (It leaves)
And then one day, one came along who looked different.
“What do you want of me?” asked the missing piece.
“What do you need from me?”
“Who are you?” asked the missing piece.
“I’m the big O,” said the big O.
“I think you are the one I’ve been waiting for,” said the missing piece. “Maybe I am your missing piece.”
“But I am not missing a piece,” said the big O. “There is no place you would fit.”
“That’s too bad,” said the missing piece. “ I was hoping that perhaps I could roll with you…”
谢尔·希尔弗斯坦，Sheldon Alan Silverstein，诗人、插画家、剧作家、作曲家、乡村歌手。作为20世纪最伟大的绘本作家之一，他的绘本作品被翻译成30多种语言，全球销量超过1.8亿册。1974年《爱心树》的出版轰动文坛，一举奠定了谢尔在当代美国文学界的地位。在此后几十年，该书畅销不衰，累计销量超过550万。其他脍炙人口的作品还有：《失落的一角》、《失落的一角遇见大圆满》、《阁楼上的光》、《人行道的尽头》、《往上跌了一跤》等。
他为电影《明信片的边缘》（Postcards from the edge）所作的歌曲I'm Checking Out获得1991年第63届奥斯卡最佳原创歌曲奖提名；《人行道的尽头》同名唱片还获得1984年格莱美奖。