A Blog of Children's Literature

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse February 14, 2011

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible VerseMirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer (2010)

Beginning Reader, 32 pages

Marilyn Singer turns traditional fairytales upside down in Mirror Mirror by using her reverso, two way paired poems that tell both sides of each story using the same words. A reader will need background knowledge of the original tales to appreciate and understand the juxtaposition of the poems, as in “Bears in the News” where the first poem finds a startled Goldie Locks a victim, and the other shows the innocent bear family coming home to an intruder. Kudos to Singer for working with limited language to produce both points of view for each tale and to Masse for her colorfully contrasted illustrations that change perspective to capture both poems perfectly. As a creative collection of opposing poems, Mirror Mirror is a new twist on some classics to share with beginning readers during a book talk or story time.


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