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Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse



by
Marilyn Singer
illustrated by
Josée Masse

Edition
-
Publisher
Dutton
Imprint
Dutton
ISBN
9780525479015

Awards and Honors
2011 ALA Notable Children’s Books, All Ages; 2011 NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts; CLA Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts 2011; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Special Interests, Poetry; Booklist 2010 Editor’s Choice, Books for Youth, Nonfiction, Middle Readers; Booklist Lasting Connections of 2010, Language Arts; Horn Book Fanfare, Best Books of 2010, Poetry; Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Children’s Books; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2010, Picture Books
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How would Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf each tell their sides of their story? How about Cinderella and her prince? Marilyn Singer uses the same words in opposite order (only changes in punctuation and capitalization are allowed!) to create two different poems-and two different points of view. She calls this clever new poetic form the reverso. Explanation of reversos. Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 10 3/4"

Dewey

811/.54

AR

3.2: points 0

Lexile

NP

Genre

Poetry

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2010

Book Genres


Topics

Poetry. Fairy tales. Telling a story from different points of view.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

Junior Library Guild


• The reverso engages readers by challenging them to spot the small differences that change a poem’s entire meaning.
• The artwork skillfully echoes the poems. For example, in one illustration, one half of the page presents the startling tableau Goldilocks sees upon waking in the bears’ house, and the other half shows the bears’ view of a shocked Goldilocks.
• The illustrations are also notable in themselves, with striking imagery and careful details that hold viewers’ attention.
• Some poems allow characters that don’t have a voice in the original fairy tales to present their points of view, prompting readers to reconsider familiar stories.
• Great for poetry and writing units. The reverso is so fun to read that it may inspire kids to write their own poems in this form.

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild


• The reverso engages readers by challenging them to spot the small differences that change a poem’s entire meaning.
• The artwork skillfully echoes the poems. For example, in one illustration, one half of the page presents the startling tableau Goldilocks sees upon waking in the bears’ house, and the other half shows the bears’ view of a shocked Goldilocks.
• The illustrations are also notable in themselves, with striking imagery and careful details that hold viewers’ attention.
• Some poems allow characters that don’t have a voice in the original fairy tales to present their points of view, prompting readers to reconsider familiar stories.
• Great for poetry and writing units. The reverso is so fun to read that it may inspire kids to write their own poems in this form.

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