Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verseby Marilyn Singer (Author), Josee Masse (Illustrator)
Poetry + Fairy Tales –> Modern Take!
Mix poetry with fairy tales and you are immediately hooked! But what is special about this book? Read the poem in 2 ways: Up and Down. Read it from top to bottom (traditional and the usual way) and then read the same poem from bottom to top! Not only is it fun.. but it also has a completely different meaning! Ingenious!
In “The Doubtful Duckling” poem, the duckling dreams of turning into a beautiful swan. But read it the other way around, and it simply cannot believe that the ugliness will ever change. In the poem “Mirror Mirror”, Snow White narrates the poem and looks out for her new friends, the dwarves. But read the same poem in reverse: The witch is enticing Snow White to eat the apple! Don’t believe it?
|In my hood,||After all, Grandma’s waiting,|
|skipping through the wood,||mustn’t dawdle…|
|carrying a basket,||But a girl!|
|picking berries to eat -||What a treat -|
|juicy and sweet||juicy and sweet,|
|what a treat!||picking berries to eat,|
|But a girl||carrying a basket,|
|mustn’t dawdle.||skipping through the wood|
|After all, Grandma’s waiting||in my ‘hood.|
Can you guess the name of this story? And notice how the poem has as different meaning when read exactly in reverse?