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Follow Follow: A Book of 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
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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
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
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
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.
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
Maria Celis
Singer, Marilyn. Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems (2013). This second book of fairytale reverso poems tempts readers to read up and down and up again each unique story of classic fairytale characters, including Thumbelina, the Princess and the Pea, Aladdin, and many more. These fun and cleverly crafted poems add flavor to popular stories and color well-known characters with personalities of challenging perspectives. Josee Masse’s illustrations grab the eye with vivid colors and an intense ...more
Broghan Schlicher
Follow Follow is the second book to Mirror Mirror. It was also written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josee Masse. This book has poems like Thumbelina, The 3 Pigs, Aladdin, and The little Mermaid. This collection of Poetry is all about fairytales. I really enjoy theses books. They are very cute and teach a good message about how sometimes you have to look at a situation 2 different ways. You can see the bad and good in everything. This is how I would teach this book in my poetry lesson. I ...more
Read these clever poems from top to bottom and they mean one thing. Then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top and they mean something else! Classic fairy tales including Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid and the Three Little Pigs are seen in a different light through this collection of fourteen sets of reverso poems. Singer's clever word play work with Masse’s bold acrylic illustrations give us a celebration of sight, sound and story in this new spin on classic tales. A fun read-aloud, whi ...more
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
Jun 23, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Lisa W.
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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
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
Ying Lee
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
I really liked this one! It had poetry in it and really spoke to me. I love poetry and am a natural poet, so I liked the way it flowed. Super sweet artwork and pictures. I also admired the creative weaving of a lot of fairytales within each page, very well tied together! I'd totally recommend anyone read this for a refresher on your old fairy tales but with a poetic twist!
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
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
Karissa Weekes
This book is so clever! I enjoyed reading all the different stories one way then reading the same words just backwards to mean something different! I have never seen anything like this and I really liked its uniqueness. I also enjoyed the pictures depicting the different poems. I definitely want to own this book and encourage others to read it!
Brienz Wilkening
What a nine resting book. Every poem in this book is told by two different points of view but using the same poem. From one point of view you read it from top to bottom and on the other side the poem is reversed. It would be an interesting activity to try and do with a little bit older kids when teaching about different forms of poetry.
I loved Mirror, Mirror and am so happy that Singer's newest book of reverso poems (poems that can be read from top to bottom and then bottom to top to tell an opposite story) is every bit as well written as her first. Each poem tells perspectives from characters in a fairy tale. Definitely worth sharing and a great mentor text to try your hand at your own poems.
Anna Louise
A brilliant book of fairy tale themed reversos�a poetic form in which the poem is presented forward and then backward. Read these clever poems from top to bottom and they mean one thing. Then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top and they mean something else is almost like magic!

These are so much fun! In this companion to Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse, Marilyn Singer offers more "reverso poems" inspired by fairy tales. Includes "About Reversos" and "About the Tales" at the end. I can't imagine what a challenge they would be to write, but it would be fun to try.

"The reverso, a form I created, is made up of two poems. Read the first down and it says one thing. Read it back up, with changes only in punctuation and capitalization, and it means something complete
This is a really fun book to use in any elementary classroom! The author, Marilyn Singer, coined the term "reversos" referring to the type of poetry she writes. On one side of the page, a poem is written. On the other side, the poem is written from the bottom up with only slight changes in punctuation. The new poem is sometimes a whole new narrator, perspective, and meaning! This is a follow-up to her first book of "reversos" titled "Mirror Mirror." Her first book focused only on fairytales whil ...more
Companion book to Mirror, Mirror. Both of these books are so clever. Each page contains a poem written from 2 different points of view. What is amazing is that the 2 poems are the exact same poem just read line by line backwards. This book contains poems about lesser known fairy and folk tales.
Becky B
Follow Follow is Singer’s second book of reverso poems. Reversos tell one story when you read the words in the first order, but when the words are reversed in opposite order and some changes in punctuation and capitalization are made, you get a different story. Just like in Mirror Mirror, Follow Follow tells several fairy tales through the reverso poetry, like the Princess and the Pea, the Emperor’s New Clothes, Puss in Boots, and the Twelve Dancing Princesses to name a few. The Aladdin poem was ...more
I'd probably only give this book three stars if I wasn't so impressed with the skill it takes to write a "reverso" poem. While I LOVED Mirror Mirror A Book of Reversible Verse, these poems lacked the unity of perspective and clarity of tale that the original offered, though I believe Josée Masse has taken her art to a new level. I found the title poem confusing at best and "Now It's Time to Say Goodnight" self-indulgent of the author, but I very much enjoyed "Ready, Steady, Go!" and "On With the ...more
Miz Lizzie
Marilyn Singer has come out with a companion volume of reverso poems to her earlier Mirror, Mirror. Like the first, this is a delightful collection of poems in the reverso form that Singer created. Reverso poems are two poems in one. You read the first poem down the usual way. The paired second poem reverses the order of the lines from bottom to top and, with only a change in punctuation and capitalization, another point of view is revealed. All of these poems relate to fairy tales and would mak ...more
That was really odd. I wasn't a big fan of the way that it was written. It was interesting to see the multiple points of view.
I love this book of reverso poems as much as the author's Mirror Mirror.
I liked the first one better, but I still loved this one too. Clever!
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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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