Mirror, Mirror [With Hardcover Book(s)]

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School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 2–5—Marilyn Singer's innovative book (Dutton, 2012) presents poetry based on fairy tales that can be read in two ways—the lines can be read from top to bottom and from bottom to top. Crafted in a minimalistic free verse, each set of reversible poems presents the thoughts of characters from various fairy tales. Sometimes the two poems give two points of view of the same character, while other sets represent two different characters in the same fairy tale. For example, the Cinderella poems portray Cinderella's attitude before and during the ball, while the Red Riding Hood verses are written from the girl's and then the wolf's point of view. Each set of poems is illustrated with Josee Massee's stylized acrylic artwork in rich jewel tones. She skillfully incorporates the characters of the poems and the idea of mirror images into each of her illustrations. The female parts are read by the author, while the male characters are voiced by Joe Morton. Both readers skillfully use tempo, expression, and inflection to make the meaning and feeling of the poems clear. Appropriate instrumental background music has been added to each poem. A great choice for a reading/listening center at school, or just for fun.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430110156
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media (NY)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Sales rank: 1,411,269
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Mirror/Mirror is a must-have for fans of fairy tales and/or poetry

    I had to buy it, you see, because I read the first three poems in the book ("In Reverse", "Cinderella's Double Life", and "The Sleeping Beauty and the Wide-Awake Prince"), plus at least one or two more from the middle, and I was so impressed by what Marilyn Singer pulled off that I simply had to shell out the $16.99 (plus tax) for the book in recognition of her accomplishment.

    Singer has invented a form she calls the "reverso". As she explains in her note about the form at the end of the book, the first reverso she created was inspired by her cat. Singer went on to write a whole bunch of brilliant reversos based on fairy tales. What makes these poems brilliant is that they make perfect sense forwards and backwards - and they each tell two sides of the same story. They are all considerably longer than Singer's sample, and all of them are accompanied by outstanding illustrations by Josée Masse, a Canadian illustrator from Montreal, many of which tend to show the duality of the accompanying poems. From start to finish, from art to text, this book is the total package, and is a work of genius. A must-have for fans of poetry, great art and/or fairy tales.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    Clever poetry

    The writing is undeniably clever, and although some of the reversed poems don't quite work as well as others, it was enjoyable. If I could give it 3 1/2 stars, I would. I think it would go right over the heads of younger children, but older kids (perhaps 9 and up) would catch on quickly. My favorites were "The Sleeping Beauty and the Wide-Awake Prince" and "In The Hood."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Fun and Fanciful

    The poems in this book turn classic fairy tales upside down. The poems themselves are wonderful either way they are read, but the reader or listener will find themselves trying to construct their own poems that can be read both forward and backward. Tons of fun!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

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    Great way of introducing poetry through fairytales with lovely artwork!

    <i>Mirror Mirror has won the 2010 Cybils Award in the Poetry division. The winners are chosen because they "combined literary merit with kid appeal."</i>

    I actually purchased Mirror Mirror sometime last year because it combined interesting poetry techniques with fairytales. The first few entries were so witty, I had to go home and read the rest.

    At the end of the book, Marilyn Singer states, "We read most poems down a page. But what if we read them up? That's the question I asked myself when I created the reverso. When you read a reverso down, it is one poem. When you read it up, with changes allowed only in punctuation and capitalization it is a different poem."

    One of the things I loved in this picture book is that some of the poems feature the "hero/heroine" on one side and the "villain" on the other. It's amazing to see how different the same words/opinions come off.

    From classic tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to beloved stories such as Hansel and Gretel and Jack and the Beanstalk, there are reversible poem stories for everyone. While the poetry doesn't hold up as anything special on its own, the charm comes when reading the poems side-by side. The book is further enhanced by the lovely illustrations created by Josée Masse. Each image splits down the middle in a fashion that never looks choppy, but eye-catching and fun. One example of a "split" can be seen in the above cover image.

    Overall, this was a fun picturebook discovery that I really enjoy reading. I was really happy it won in its category for the Cybils Award!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    I love this book! I checked this book out from the library the f

    I love this book! I checked this book out from the library the first week it came in, and I had to order a copy for myself. This is a great book for anyone who likes poetry, fairy-tale and beautiful illustrations (who doesn't?), and a must-have for anyone who likes all three.
    The poems offer a succinct summation to common fairy-tales, and from two different points of view. I won't even pretend that my toddler son understands this book, although he will sit still to listen to poetry, but I love how it stretches my &quot;mommy-brain&quot; and forces me to respect the subtleties of good punctuation -- something I have obviously let slide. Any cure for &quot;mommy-brain&quot; is a very good thing. And this book has inspired my new favorite form of poetry: The Reverso. It is pretty hard to write, so Marilyn Singer has a good deal of my respect.
    As I am a visual person, I will have to mention the illustrations, which are clever, vibrant and beautiful. My favorite is probably the one for Little Red Riding Hood. You'll have to check out this book from your library, or better yet, buy it to see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    great book to read to younger ones

    this book is really interesting cute and fun! it would be a great book to read to kinder- 2nd in school. I really recommend this book and I think you should read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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