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Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer
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Aug 01, 12

bookshelves: pratt-children-s-lit
Read in July, 2012

Marilyn Singer's book of "reverso", a poetic version of a palindrome that she created and used to re-tell the fairy tales in this collection, is a great re-aloud as well as a sneaky introduction to poetry for fairy tales fans, and fans of humorous verse alike. The form asks that the poem can be read both backwards and forwards, and in Mirror Mirror, each reading of the poem shows a different perspective on a well known fairy tale. The result is very often hilarious, and while occasionally unsuccessful, the poems do a great job of twisting what we know of commonly told stories. Sleeping Beauty is annoyed at the prince for getting to be out in the world, while all she gets to do is sleep, and simultaneously, the prince is irritated that Sleeping Beauty gets to rest while he's out "hacking through briars." Josee Masse's gorgeous illustrations guarantee the book will be grabbed off of a table of picture books and do an amazing job of bridging the two sides of each of the fairy tales on one page. The book would be great as part of a fairy tale unit, as well as useful for 3rd or 4th grade readers learning about poetry.
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