Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer with pictures by Josee Masse contains reverso poetry based on fairy tales which when read in one direction tells one story (and from one POV) but when read in reverse is a wholly different story. An example would be Cinderella’s story on one page and the stepsister's tale on the other page. The illustrations were truly excellent and the concept unique (and well executed) but as I had hoped to use this as a readaloud it didn't quite hit the mark for me. This is more of a singular reading experience or one-to-one with just one child. 6/10
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What I'm Currently Reading: The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem
I will write a thing and
Declare what I have done
I have read the Kalevala
49 cantos I have read
50 was the number of the cantos
My Mother spoke a thing and declared thus
“You cannot read the Kalevala” she said
“Such a reading is not for you.
Read the books of your home.
Not old tales of northern lands.”
I replied to her and spoke thus, I said
“I will read the Kalevala,
The great epic of Finland.
I will read the words off the pages,
Read the pages out of the book.”
I read one page, I read two pages.
I read steady old Vainamoinen
Old man of calm waters.
I read wanton Lemminkainen
Him the Fair Farmind.
I read the forging of the Sampo
By the smith Ilmarinen
The everlasting craftsman.
All the way to Marjatta
And the birth of her child
My Mother put this into words and spoke thus,
She declared, she chatted.
“I have spotted a fraud!
You have not read all these pages”
I answered her and spoke thus,
“Oh, woe is me, a luckless boy,
I read 67 pages and gave up.
I got as far as young Joukahainen
Shooting Vainamoinen’s horse.
Then I downloaded the book from Audible.
Based on oral tradition it was,
So an audio book seemed appropriate.
Read by the translator, Keith Bosley,
It is not bad if Medieval lit you enjoy
Or are curious about Tolkien’s influences.”
The Graveyard Book is on a 5.1 reading level (5th grade, 1st month of school). This story is about a toddler named Nobody who is raised by ghosts and other beings that live in the cemetery. Since most of the characters are introduced by their epitaph poem, this gives teachers an opportunity to study this type of poem with their class. From this point, students can write an epitaph for the remaining characters in the story, based off what they know about that character from the story.