Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems


Bibliographic Information: Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poem.  Written by Marilyn Singer. Illustrated by Josée Masse. Published by Dutton Children’s Books, New York c. 2010

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.2

Synopsis: In this often funny and thought provoking book, Marilyn Singer uses the format of reverso poetry to present a fresh look at traditional fairy tales.  On one side of the page a poem is written providing an expected perspective from a well-known story. The poem is then literally turned upside down on the other half of the page in order to present the same story from a new point of view.  Josée Masse’s vibrant illustrations are split down the middle to reflect the varying perspectives.

Rationale for Classroom Use:  This book could be used during a unit on fairytales or traditional literature in order to provide a different version of a story that is being studied.  It could also be used to discuss point of view by looking at the differing perspectives represented by the reverso poems.  The book is also a great example of word play ; it shows the importance of how words are used and the different meanings that the same words can have. Students can use the illustrations provided in the text to help them determine the meanings of the two poems.

Common Core Connection:

2.RL.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

2.RL.6 Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

2.RL.9 Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.



About Kristen

I am an elementary school teacher with five years of experience in 4th and 5th grades. I am taking a year off from teaching to get my masters in Reading through the New Literacies and Global Learning program at NC State University.

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This entry was posted on June 13, 2013 by in Picturebooks and tagged , , , .

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