Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mirror, Mirror by Marilyn Singer

 Singer, M. (2010). Mirror, Mirror. NY: Dutton.

Mirror, Mirror is a collection of fairytales that are told in a reverso poetry style. In this book, you will encounter romance, adventure, and a myriad of emotions. Each story is told to you in two different ways. When the poem is read one way, you can see one perspective. When the story is read in reverse, the meaning completely changes. You will read about the Ugly Duckling, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and many more. 

Josee Masse, illustrator of Mirror Mirror, uses composition to compliment the balance of the stories that are being told. The harmony of the reverso poem is that depending on the way you read it the meaning changes. Likewise, when you look at Masse's illustrations you will see two opposite drawings that share in the poem's double meanings. In the poem of the Doubtful Duckling we see the juxtaposition of the grey duckling and the beautiful swan. 

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