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:

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

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.

 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.

 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...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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!

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

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

  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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