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Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer
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Mar 03, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: picture-books
Read in March, 2010

Asking herself what would happen if we read a poem up instead of down, Singer created a new poetic form called reverso. When reading a reverso down, it has one meaning. Turn it upside down, and you’ve got a completely different story. This “two sides of a story” style of poetry is perfectly suited to fairy tales. In “The Sleeping Beauty and the Wide-Awake Prince” the poem read one way tells the princess’s side of things—read the other is the prince’s:

But I have to be sleeping,
never partying,
never out in the world.
It’s no fun being
in a fairy tale


In a fairy tale
it’s no fun being
out in the world,
never partying,
never sleeping.

The two poems are placed side by side, like two sides of a mirror, each reflecting a different point of view. This clever, witty collection will tickle and amuse readers of all ages.

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