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Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems) Hardcover – October 15, 2007
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Banyai's illustrations enhance the collection with an extra element of wit and imaginative freedom.
Park wants readers to try sijo for themselves, and in an extensive author's note she offers history, advice and encouagement.
A smart and appealing introduction to an overlooked poetic form.
School Library Journal, Starred
With this lighthearted collection of her own sijo, the form will take a flying leap into the consciousness of both children and teachers.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
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As explained in the Author's Note (a gold mine of information and tips for readers, writers, and teachers alike), sijo is a form of Korean poetry with a fixed number of stressed syllables and a surprise joke or twist at the end. Poem after poem, Linda Sue Park serves up witty observations about everything from long division to bedtime snacks, with plenty of unexpected surprises along the way. Istvan Banyai's playful illustrations -- rendered mostly in gray tones with dashes of color here and there -- wisely complement the poems without ever overwhelming the text. It's the book equivalent of a hot fudge sundae with a cherry on top. Perfect!
The poems in this book deal with things that a child would identify with, and yet they are quality sijo worthy of adult attention as well.
Here is one example poem:
Everyone wants to get the ball,
run with it, and score a goal.
But when we win one-nothing,
that "nothing" means everything.
It's tough, playing for nothing.
Defense: Intense immense suspense.
In addition to the poems, the back of the book explains the sijo form and gives a list of books of sijo to read. This makes it a great resource for poets of all ages.
I don't yet own a copy of this book, but was able to read it thanks to the fine people at the Stephenson Public Library, who got it for me on interlibrary loan.