Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

Dutton's Children's Books
March 2010

A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature.


  1. This delightfully original and creative book is deceptively simple and yet thought-provoking as tells two sides of familiar stories in just a few words. Unexpectedly, it captivated my kids, 11 and 13, as well as their parents, with its cleverness and charm. Reading these poems is like watching a magic trick -- they make you smile and say, "wow, how do they DO that?" This is a real rarity -- a gem which could appeal to all ages from toddlers to teens. Makes me wish for more of them!

  2. Anne, your comment makes me think that poetry is a terrific way for children and teens and adults to use their brain cells--to be creative within a set of rules. I've read other poems & books of poetry that use a fairly rigid structure, and out of that structure magic comes. A Wreath for Emmett Till is an ex. of this--but not for the faint of heart, since its subject matter is about racism, lynching, etc.