What do you think of when you think of poetry?
Maybe rhythm and rhyme? Maybe free verse? Maybe limerick or haiku?
All of these are poetry, but there are also plenty more forms of poetry you may not be familiar with.
Let me introduce you to one I think you and your kids will enjoy.
The reverso was created by Marilyn Singer. The poems tend to tell a story, and they have just one rule. You must be able to flip it over and read the lines in reverse, often with a new meaning. The words in each line remain in order, but the punctuation may change. Confused? I’ve written a little sample reverso in the image for this post.
Mirror Mirror‘s reversos each retell a fairy tale. When the poem flips, the perspective changes. This first book of reverso poems contains most of the well-known fairy tales including just about all of the princess tales.
Follow Follow is also full of fairy-tale retellings. It includes a broader variety of fairy tales, som of them lesser-known, but just as well told with Singer’s amazing reverso poems.
Echo Echo tells (and retells) Greek myths from two perspectives. Some of these I didn’t know at all, but most of them are easy to figure out.
The artwork in these books does an amazing job of illustrating the split perspective of these poems.
I highly recommend reading these aloud with your kids to help them hear the difference in meaning (and you may want to pre-read in order to get it right).
These amazing books are best enjoyed by kids seven and older since they’ll be able to decipher the meaning better (especially if they are reading along with you).
These books are absolutely worth adding to your home library.
What is your favorite book of children’s poetry?