Author: Marilyn Singer
Illustrator: Josee Masse
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published Date: 2010
What is a poem? What is a poem in reverse? This artistically drawn and written book takes you to the land of fairy tales and tells you both sides of the story.
Singer, M. (2010). Mirror mirror. New York, NY: Penguin Group.
I LOVED this book. I want to write poems just so I can reverse them and make new poems. You know why? Because it’s awesome!! Read this, you will be mesmerized!
Gr 2-5–Marilyn Singer’s innovative book (Dutton, 2012) presents poetry based on fairy tales that can be read in two ways–the lines can be read from top to bottom and from bottom to top. Crafted in a minimalistic free verse, each set of reversible poems presents the thoughts of characters from various fairy tales. Sometimes the two poems give two points of view of the same character, while other sets represent two different characters in the same fairy tale. For example, the Cinderella poems portray Cinderella’s attitude before and during the ball, while the Red Riding Hood verses are written from the girl’s and then the wolf’s point of view. Each set of poems is illustrated with Josee Massee’s stylized acrylic artwork in rich jewel tones. She skillfully incorporates the characters of the poems and the idea of mirror images into each of her illustrations. The female parts are read by the author, while the male characters are voiced by Joe Morton. Both readers skillfully use tempo, expression, and inflection to make the meaning and feeling of the poems clear. Appropriate instrumental background music has been added to each poem. A great choice for a reading/listening center at school, or just for fun.
Cardon, D. (2011). Mirror, mirror: A book of verse in reverse. School Library Journal, 57(11), 69.
Poetry can be used in so many ways. Learning how to use it and read it is something that some don’t ever fully understand. Reading this book will help get kids involved in poetry.