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Follow Follow (Reverso Poems)

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Once upon a time, Mirror Mirror, a brilliant book of fairy tale themed reversos - a poetic form in which the poem is presented forward and then backward – became a smashing success. Now a second book is here with more witty double takes on well-loved fairy tales such as Thumbelina and The Little Mermaid.

Read these clever poems from top to bottom and they mean one thing. Th
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Dial Books
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Erin  S
Apr 18, 2017 Erin S rated it it was amazing
I love reverso poems! They are so cool and fun to read!
“Imagine fairy tales upended. / Upended fairy tales? Imagine!” These clever poems are meant to be read once forward and once backward. Just by altering punctuation, the poems take on new meaning. Children will recognize familiar tales and fables, such as the Tortoise and the Hare and The Three Little Pigs. Each poem is placed side-by-side, once forward - which is the familiar tale, and once in reverse - which reveals a fractured version of the story. The opposite page is a painting done in acry ...more
May 22, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Back with fourteen more sets of fairy-tale related reverso poems, the poet offers readers new spins on those often-told stories that are so foundational to our culture today. In some of the pairings such as "No Bigger than Your Thumb," the poems are told from the perspectives of different characters, but in other cases, such as "Silly Goose," the lines allow the same character to ruminate on an issue differently. Taken together and added to a collection containing the poet's earlier Mirror Mirro ...more
Jun 03, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
Every bit as good as Mirror Mirror. I liked that she included a synopsis of each of the fairy tales at the end of the book, just in case there was one that was unfamiliar to some readers. The artwork is just as cute as the poems, reflecting two views of the same scene. This is a book to be treasured, read aloud, then read again.

Reversible poems can be read from top to bottom, or from bottom to top (with changes in punctuation) and give a completely different view of the event--so the story is to
May 05, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
Marilyn Signer has invented a poetic form: reverso poems. These poems can be read from top to bottom and then the same lines from bottom to top, with two different meanings. The two versions often tell two sides of a fairy tale. I don't love this book as much as the Singer's first reverso collection, Mirror Mirror, but it's still spectacular and fun.
Daniela Diaz
Mar 21, 2017 Daniela Diaz rated it it was amazing
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May 22, 2017 Lakshmi rated it it was amazing
Not for kids below 6 year old for sure, because my son liked the rhyming of the words but I don't think he understood much of the tone and meaning the poems conveyed! But I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Melissa I
Oct 02, 2015 Melissa I rated it really liked it
Follow Follow
A Book of Reverso Poems
Written by Marilyn Singer and Illustrated by Josée Massee

fairy tales

fairy tales?

Reverso Poems: “a form I created, is made up of two poems. Read the first down and is says one thing. Read it back up, with changes only in punctuation and capitalization and it means something completely different.” This inventive poetry book Follow Follow written and created by Marilyn Singer is a must read! Open up the pages of the book and see
Apr 18, 2013 Samuel rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Good poetry is hard to write, and good formal poetry can be even harder. Follow Follow, Marilyn Singer's newest book, consists of poems in a fiendishly tricky form: the reverso, in which the poem tells a story one way, and then, when the lines are read in the reverse order, tells a different one. The only allowable changes are in punctuation and capitalization.

That this book works, and works marvelously, is a testament to Singer's skill with words. Each poem (except the first and last, which de
Jane LoBosco
Feb 16, 2015 Jane LoBosco rated it really liked it
Follow Follow is a very fun book of poems that children will absolutely love! This book was a very enjoyable read, and I loved the way that the book was formed. Each poem has a reverse poem that goes with it, which is a great way to get children to love poetry. I think that this book is very interesting, and it is not really like anything I had ever read about before. This book has beautiful illustrations that really help to emphasize the wonderful poems. I love the fact that this book positions ...more
Nathalie S
Mar 28, 2016 Nathalie S rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by our head children's librarian and it was a lot of fun to read. It introduced me to the intriguing world of reverso poems. "When you read a reverso down, it is one poem. When you read it up, with changes allowed only in punctuation and capitalization, it is a different poem" explains the author.
Here is the first reverso that she wrote:

A cat Incomplete
without A chair
a chair: without
Incomplete a cat.

In FOLLOW FOLLOW, she uses this technique with fairy tales which
Nov 10, 2016 Caitlyn added it
Shelves: poetry
1. This book includes poems based on traditional fairy tales such as Aladdin and The Tortoise and the Hare. Each page is dedicated to a fairy tale and gives the reader two poems. Each poem is the inverse of the other which creates two entirely different pieces.
2. I really enjoyed reading the poems in this book. I think that reverso poems are interesting to read because they provide different insights about the same story. I also really liked the illustrations in the story because they helped me
Nov 30, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
This is the second book of reverso poems by Singer, following her amazing Mirror Mirror. In a form she invented, Singer tells the stories of fairy tales using a poem and then reversing the lines and changing the punctuation to tell the other side of the story. The result are brain teasing poems that illuminate the darkness inherent in the tales themselves. This group of poems includes stories that may not be familiar to readers, so the index of stories at the end of the book will be welcome.

As w
Esmeralda Gregg
Apr 26, 2016 Esmeralda Gregg rated it it was amazing
The poems here subvert traditional tales by offering two points of view on the story. The page is divided which shows a poem written on left-hand of the page and on the right side the same poem is written with the lines going up. The line breaks and punctuation are revised for strategic effect. So when you read poem Little Mermaid on the left: “For love, / give up your voice. / Don’t / think twice” advises the first verse, while on the right the second ends with a warning, “Think twice! / Don’t ...more
Grace Livengood
May 19, 2016 Grace Livengood rated it it was amazing
Singer, M., & Masse, J. (2013). Follow follow: A book of reverso poems. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.
Most of us are familiar with many classic fairy tales, but in this book of "reverso" poems, we get to see a different side to the tales we knw and love. Usually they are completely opposite sides to the stories as well which adds to the reverse effect. The paintings are very vibrant in their colors and the color son either side of the page usually contrast with one another to give a
Hannah Braunstein
Mar 26, 2015 Hannah Braunstein rated it really liked it
I’ll be honest, poetry is not my favorite format to read. My love for poetry pretty much begins and ends with Shel Silverstein’s books. However, I was interested to hear about Marilyn Singer’s “reverso” poems that can be read from top to bottom and then bottom to top for a different meaning. In “Follow Follow,” Singer uses classic fairy tales as her backdrop, showing two different perspectives on the same story by presenting opposite poems side by side. As an adult, it was impressive to read bec ...more
Lisa W.
Mar 08, 2013 Lisa W. rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Booklist Reviews
This companion to Mirror Mirror (2010) offers another fairytale-themed collection of free verse poems, each paired with its "reverso," or the poem in reverse. For example, "The Little Mermaid's Choice" begins "For love, / give up your voice. / Don't / think twice," and the accompanying reverso poem concludes with "Think twice! / Don't / give up your voice / for love." The punctuation often changes, as does the formatting, thereby offering up intriguing and inventive takes on eac
May 12, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
This is a fabulous book of "reverso" poems with a fairy tale theme. It's a second book of such poems by Marilyn Singer. We read the first, Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse, three years ago and while I wasn't sure that our girls were ready for those poems then, they absolutely loved this book. They eagerly divided up the poems, reading one side each, and I had to practically beg to get a turn. I loved it!

Each poem is presented one way and then again in reverse, often with a tremendous tw
Jul 05, 2014 Go rated it really liked it
This is the second book of “reverso” poems; the first was “Mirror Mirror.” A spin on classic fairytales read in the usual way and then in reverse from bottom to top. Again the colorful artwork added much more to the tales, engaging the reader effortlessly. I was hoping the wording would be less awkward this time around but no such luck. I think it is for older kids. It could use more levity too, in my opinion. One of my favorites was in reference to “The Three Little Pigs.” On the one side, the ...more
Rebecca Boliard
Apr 11, 2015 Rebecca Boliard rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
**NCTE Notable Poetry Book 3**
This book of reverso poem is so clever! The poems are familiar fairytales that almost every child will know. The poems are shown two ways. You read the first and then the poem is reversed, line for line, with a whole new side to the story. I could never imagine trying to write one of these let alone an entire book of them! These poems are so wonderful I could not believe that reverso poems really work and flow that well. The illustrations are also double sided, but
Alexander Goos
Nov 02, 2016 Alexander Goos rated it really liked it
Follow Follow is a collection of poems written by Marilyn Singer. Each poem is a reverso poem where one stands out is told from one perspective and the accompanying stanzas told from the opposite perspective and it was really enjoyable about this it's done with children's fairytales. The reader gets to see the different perspectives of The Little Mermaid Aladdin, The Three Little Pigs Thumbelina, Jack and the Beanstalk, and many others.

I think that this collection of poems is really good way to
Ying Lee
Aug 18, 2013 Ying Lee rated it it was amazing
Genre: Poetry
Copyright: 2013

I like this creative poetry book for many reasons. First and foremost, based on well-known fairy tales, the reverso poems created by Marilyn Singer are so clever and fascinating that they can be read from top to down and from down to top. Such way to compose poems creates different voices of one character or characters. On one hand, readers can read poems told from different perspectives with the same lines; on the other hand, readers would know the hesitation of one
Emily Benner
Plot summary: Follow Follow is a poetry book about multiple types of traditional fairytales. Writing poems in reverso is one of Marilyn Singer's favorite things and something she really enjoys doing. Each poem in the poem collection is written the right/normal way and then the page is split in half and the poem is almost mirrored and written upside down or backwards. It is interesting because each poem one the page has different meaning. Singer wrote a poem for each of the fairy tales like the T ...more
I didn't like this collection as much as Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse. The illustrations were great, but the reverso poems were lacking and felt forced this time. Or maybe the novelty has worn off? Anyway, here was my favorite:

"Can't Blow This House Down"

Houses made of bricks
call for
a wolf's tricks,
no more
huffing and puffing!
Cheers to clever Mr. Big and Bad
when he comes down this chimney!
who'll be boiled or roasted,
triumphantly toasted?
That one little piggy,
by the hair of his chinny
May 25, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
Fans of Singer and Masse's Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse will love this follow up featuring more fairy tales. I was not an immediate fan of the reverso format and personally found the first book confusing and awkward. But my students love it! After reading the book to several groups of elementary school students and watching students from kindergarten through 5th grade pour over the book, I see that the unique poetry format and gloriously colored illustrations are incredibly attracti ...more
Feb 09, 2017 Debi rated it it was amazing
Loved the first one, and this one is even better!
I finally was able to read this wonderful book, and appreciate the art of both the clever wording by Marilyn Singer and the illustrations by Josée Masse. The poems and the pages show both sides of old folk and fairy tales, like one of my favorites, The Tortoise and The Hare, where one poem begins by calling the other “That ridiculous loser!”, only to be replied with “I am not/that ridiculous loser.” Can you guess which is which? Not always rhyming, yet each set of poems reads to a beat particul ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
I'm not a huge poetry fan, even when it's for kids (although I like that better than most contemporary poetry for adults). Poetry that doesn't have a rhyme scheme and a meter I can dance to just doesn't move me as much. That said; WOW. Singer's work is amazing. Again, she's taken a number of fairy tales and written a poem from the point of view of a character. Next to it is the same poem, backwards, with different punctuation, to tell the story again, from the point of view of a different charac ...more
Callie Messick
Nov 19, 2015 Callie Messick rated it liked it
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Follow Follow has a new story on each page but with two sides to the same story. This book may be difficult for younger students to read individually but would be an excellent tool to help teach sentence structure and understanding that the order in which words are written makes all the difference in writing.

I would take exerts from the book and help the children analysize the differences in meanings. (I would probably use the shorter poems for younger children.) The children would begin to unde
Alex Martinez
May 03, 2015 Alex Martinez rated it really liked it
Folow Follow is a book of reverso poems written by Marilyn Singer. It is illustrated by Josee Masse. Follow Follow was created as a companion to another reverso poem book called Mirror Mirror. Follow Follow takes well-known stories and tales, like the 3 Little Pigs, Aladdin, and Rapunzel, and tells the stories the normal way followed by the revere way. This gives each tale a new perspective and a new fun ending.

I think this book of poems gives a cool twist on famous tales. The text in the book a
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Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx (New York City) on October 3, 1948 and lived most of her early life in N. Massapequa (Long Island), NY. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds a B.A. in English from Queens and an M.A. in Communications from New York University.

In 1974, after teaching English in New York City hig
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