Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems)
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.
JLG Release: Jan 2008
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*
7 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Level 3.7; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.3; Points: 2;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
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,