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Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths Hardcover – February 16, 2016
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Gr 2–5—A brilliant practitioner of the eponymous poetic form conveys both the drama and pathos of myths that have entertained throughout the ages, while establishing that there are two sides to every story. Full-page artwork, bathed in dazzling blue and gold tones, sets the stage for these timeless tales of gods and mortals told with a poignant and commanding lyricism.
A New York Public Library Best of the Year pick
An SLJ Best Book of the Year
A Nerdy Book Club Award winner
* "Another inventive exploration of stories readers thought they knew." — Publishers Weekly
* "A witty, seductive pairing of poetic imagination and artistic vision." — School Library Journal
"A visual and interpretive feast bringing timeless tales to a young audience." — Kirkus Reviews
"A wonderful addition to poetry collections andaccompaniment for the myths."— Booklist
"Marilyn Singer’s ingenious ‘reverso’ poems are child-friendly feats of verbal pyrotechnics" — The New York Times
"The perfect supplement or introduction to Pandora, King Midas, Icarus, and the rest of the bunch of fantastically flawed gods, monsters, and mortals…easy and rewarding to read." — The Boston Globe
"Delightful...vivid, glowing." —The Wall Street Journal
"Mythology and Western civ curricula will grab greedily for this one." —BCCB
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The highly-acclaimed form is back for a third time in ECHO ECHO: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths (Dial Books, 2016). Granted, I've loved Greek mythology since I was a child, but to see these familiar stories being told in such a fresh new way is fantastic! But what if you're not a longtime Greek mythology buff like I am? That's okay! You don't need to be since there is a brief summary of each myth across the bottom of every spread.
Besides the excellent (starred) reviews ECHO ECHO received from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, The New York Times had this to say: "Marilyn Singer’s ingenious ‘reverso’ poems are child-friendly feats of verbal pyrotechnics." I mean, really, need I say more? Probably not... though I will anyway.
The Boston Globe described ECHO ECHO as "The perfect supplement or introduction to Pandora, King Midas, Icarus, and the rest of the bunch of fantastically flawed gods, monsters, and mortals…easy and rewarding to read."
The Wall Street Journal described the collection as "delightful...vivid, glowing." And speaking of delightful, vivid, and glowing, wait until you see the amazing illustrations by Josée Masse! Once again, just as she did with MIRROR MIRROR and FOLLOW FOLLOW, Josée Masse provides a feast for the eyes. With a palette of Mediterranean-inspired blues, golds, and greens, the stylized illustrations capture the dualistic nature of the reversos in gorgeous detail.
What is a reverso? It is actually a poem that reads differently depending on how you read it. You read it one way, and then you flip it over and read it in reverse and it tells the story in a different way! It is really quite creative and very interesting!
That being said, each mythology covered in this book is told in two stories. Sometimes the poems are from the same character, other times they are told from differing characters.
This is not necessarily a book I would use for storytime. However, I would possibly consider it as reading before bed. It is a longer book, but easy to find a place to stop in. So you could potentially read a couple poems a night and everyone would end up happy.
Or if you have an older child that is not quite ready for chapter books, but likes to read and likes mythology - they would enjoy reading this one. There are ample enough words on the pages that they wont feel like they are reading a "book for babies."
Also, the artwork is gorgeous!
This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I admit that upon the arrival of this book I wasn't 100% sure the boys would love it, but I was completely wrong. My five-year now has this book placed in his favorite stack and we are reading it at least twice daily.
As if Greek myths aren't awesome as a stand alone, Echo Echo brings beautifully detailed illustrations to go hand in hand with the reverso poems. Did you catch that? Remember, I mentioned that this was a book of poems, but the unique thing about this book is it isn't the "typical" poetry. The form of poetry used in this book is called reverso. I admit that I adore poetry, but this is the first time we have experienced reverso and it was a hit.
What exactly are reverso poems?
A reverso consists of two poems. You read the first poem from top to bottom. Then, you read the poem again with the lines reversed, with changes only in punctuation and capitalization, and the second poem says something completely different.