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Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems)

By: Linda Sue Park

Illustrator: Istvan Banyai

For someone to read a poem / again, and again, and then, / having lifted it from page / to brain-the easy part- / cradle it on the longer trek / from brain all the way to heart." This collection is written in sijo-a form of Korean poetry that is usually written in three or six lines, with certain numbers of syllables required for each line. Though the form is strict, the subjects range far and wide-from a mermaid with plaid scales to a kid with too much toothpaste in his mouth; from a frog who misses his tadpole tail to a carefully concealed hamster. Digital illustrations.

ISBN: 9780618234837

JLG Release: Jan 2008


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Sijo , Poetry , Breakfast , Long division , School lunch , Art class , Wind , Pockets , Memory , Thanksgiving , Words , Snow , Birds , Crocuses , Spring , Frogs , Thunderstorms , Oceans , Sand dollars , The beach , Tennis , Soccer , Plants , Laundry , The shower , Snacks , Brushing teeth , Sleep

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Awards & Honors

ALA Notable Book for Middle Readers | Book Sense Children’s Picks – Winter 2007/2008 | CCBC Choices 2008, Poetry | Horn Book Fanfare List– Best Books of 2007, Poetry

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*

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Park presents twenty-seven sijo (traditional humorous and/or ironic three-line Korean poetry) about seasons, home, and school. Her poems go beyond culture and personal sensibility and strike at common human experience. Banyai's illustrations enhance the collection with an extra element of wit and imaginative freedom; he staves off sentiment Park presents twenty-seven sijo (traditional humorous and/or ironic three-line Korean poetry) about seasons, home, and school. Her poems go beyond culture and personal sensibility and strike at common human experience. Banyai's illustrations enhance the collection with an extra element of wit and imaginative freedom; he staves off sentiment with retro-style cartoons, carefree lines, and playful interpretations of the verbal text.

Book Details

ISBN

9780618234837

First Release

January 2008

Genre

Poetry

Dewey Classification

811.54

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 7 1/2"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.3; Points: 2;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Clarion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Sijo, Poetry, Breakfast, Long division, School lunch, Art class, Wind, Pockets, Memory, Thanksgiving, Words, Snow, Birds, Crocuses, Spring, Frogs, Thunderstorms, Oceans, Sand dollars, The beach, Tennis, Soccer, Plants, Laundry, The shower, Snacks, Brushing teeth, Sleep,

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