Mirror Mirror is a book of poems about classic fairy tales. You read each poem and then you read each poem again backwards, reading each line in reverse order. It’s amazing and hard to believe...but both poems make sense! This seems unbelievably difficult. To make it even more complicated, when you read the poem in one direction, it is from one character’s point of view and when you read the poem backwards it is from a different character’s point of view. I have no idea how the author managed to do this. It’s word brilliant! THEN, to make the poems even MORE amazing, the illustrator, Josée Masse, made the pictures the same way! How in the world did they do this? Amazing!
The author and illustrator also teamed up for two more books of reverso poetry. One is called Echo, Echo and the other is called Follow, Follow. In this video, listen to the author explain a little bit about how she wrote the poems and then listen to her read a few of them aloud.
National Poetry Month is a great time to discover amazing poems and amazing poets!
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April is National Poetry Month! This list features materials for kids and teens looking for a little inspiration to write their own poems or needing help finding poetry written by artists like them. IndyPL_SarahL
ALL AGES - For younger kids, this would be nice read aloud a section at a time when working on a poetry unit. For older kids, it's a nice guide to have on hand when learning about poetry for the first time. Even though it's a writing guide, it is an entertaining read and the concepts are simple enough for the youngest poet.
ALL AGES - Vibrant illustrations and poignant poems about activism and social justice. This is a good book for teaching that words have a great impact and can be used to make positive changes.
ALL AGES - This book is full of fun ways to add variety to your writing, including adding art or other visual elements.