Wednesday, February 15, 2012

READ-4-LUCK: Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer (a poet's DREAM)

READ-4-LUCK is the weekly feature that acts as a book recommendation, book review, teaching tip, and writing lesson for children, parents, teachers, and writers.

 = Not bad. Might read twice.

 = Fun read first few times. Would get from library again.
 = Very enjoyable. Wouldn't mind owning a copy.
 = Awesome! Never tiresome for children, parents, teachers, or writers. May just have to buy this book.

This week's pick is Mirror Mirror, A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josee Masse.

Publisher: Dutton Children's Books

Year: 2010
Word Count: not very many (14 poems)
Book Level: unsure
Age: 4-8
Topic: Fairy Tales, Poetry
Theme: N/A?
First Lines:




Who
says
it's true-
down
is
the only view?
If you believe that,
this poem
will challenge
you.
Up
is
something new.

RATINGS
CHILDREN:  I had to explain some of the poems to my children, but they really enjoy the awesome artwork. It's vibrant and lyrical. Lyrical illustrations? Yes, I think so...

PARENTS:  This is one of my new favorite books! I got it for my daughter for Christmas, but I think I like it more than she does. Now I need to find all the original fairy tales so my children will know them, too.

TEACHERS: 
 Perfect for an intro to a poetry or fairy tale unit. Students will love trying out there own reversos! Could even assign one poem to a pair of students and have them do a study comparing the poem to the original fairy tale.

WRITERS: 
 This has got to be one of my new all-time favorite books. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! I could re-read it over and over and just soak of Marilyn's masterful command of the English language. AWESOME! I have even tried a few of my own reversos.

Be sure to visit other "perfect picture books" at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.

Keep on keepin' on...

14 comments:

  1. Lyrical illustrations, loe the description. I am a big fan of Marilyn's work. I would definitely read this. Thank you.

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  2. Not a poet, but I'll have to check this one out.

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  3. Those illustrations look amazing. Totally worth checking out for a change in perspective.

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  4. Books that children can interact with are the best. This one will be a big hit at our house.

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  5. Thank you for introducing me to Marilyn's work. The artwork sounds beautiful! The entire book sounds unique!

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  6. The colors in the artwork are gorgeous and I love the layout of the Snow White piece! Wonderful choice this week :)

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  7. This does sound like a unique book. I'll have to check it out. Thank you!

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  8. Unique indeed. I had to restrain my "request it" finger when I looked it up in the library catalog though... I must finish and return the books I have before starting another inundation of requests!

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  9. It's a fun book! Me and my sister love this book!

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  10. This just boggles my mind. I mean, how long did that take?! Now I've got to go try a reverso too!

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  11. Isn't this one of the most clever books you've ever seen? I was absolutely impressed with every spread.

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