- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books (February 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803737696
- ISBN-13: 978-0803737693
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems Hardcover – February 7, 2013
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This companion to Mirror Mirror (2010) offers another fairytale-themed collection of free verse poems, each paired with its “reverso,” or the poem in reverse. For example, “The Little Mermaid’s Choice” begins “For love, / give up your voice. / Don’t / think twice,” and the accompanying reverso poem concludes with “Think twice! / Don’t / give up your voice / for love.” The punctuation often changes, as does the formatting, thereby offering up intriguing and inventive takes on each tale. Other reversos give varying perspectives, as in the case of “Ready, Steady, Go!,” which presents both the tortoise’s and the hare’s points of view. Beautifully rendered, richly hued illustrations artfully transition from depicting the first poem’s scenario to the second’s, and interweave fantastic and realistic details. Though the poems are eloquent and witty, they may be somewhat esoteric for younger kids and will resonate more with those familiar with the classic stories. An appended author’s note, however, includes summaries of the tales and further explicates Singer’s finely crafted, unique form. An enjoyable collection that may prompt kids to write their own reverso poems. Grades 2-5. --Shelle Rosenfeld
"Genius!" - Wired.com
“Singer and Masse’s companion to Mirror Mirror is just as inspired as its predecessor.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Fun, thoughtful, beautifully written poems that employ a poetic form called a reverso to spin a familiar fairy tale in a new direction.” – Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Singer’s poetry begs to be read aloud as listeners savor Masse’s accompanying illustrations. This is a must-have book for a library’s poetry section as well as for any personal collection." - Library Media Connection, starred review
"This volume is one to savor." – Kirkus Reviews
“Marilyn Singer's verse in Follow Follow practically dances down each page . . . the effect is miraculous and pithy.” – The Wall Street Journal
"These are delightful to read and read aloud, and they’re a curricular dream for discussions of poetry, folklore, and point of view." – The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Masse’s two-sided illustrations capture the changes in point of view, tone, and color...Singer’s reversos present lyrical and evocative moments that will surprise and delight children and provide them with opportunities for critical discussion." – School Library Journal
Follow Follow is one of Booklist's 30 Best Books of the Year, a Cybils Award finalist, and an IRA Teachers’ Choices Reading List pick.
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Reverso Poems are genius and so adorable. One half of the book are the fairy tales you know, the other half is the opposite view you never pictured before.
A must-buy for literature, language, fairy tales and poetry lovers out there! Absolutely wonderful! :)
These make PERFECT read alouds. I highly recommend this one for teachers and librarians for grades K-8 to use to teach students to identify voice and tone in poetry. It won't disappoint.