A new book of unique reversible poems based on Greek myths from the creator of Mirror Mirror
What happens when you hold up a mirror to poems about Greek myths? You get a brand-new perspective on the classics! And that is just what happens in Echo Echo, the newest collection of reverso poems from Marilyn Singer. Read one way, each poem tells the story of a familiar myth; but when read in reverse, the poems reveal a new point of view! Readers will delight in uncovering the dual points of view in well-known legends, including the stories of Pandora’s box, King Midas and his golden touch, Perseus and Medusa, Pygmalion, Icarus and Daedalus, Demeter and Persephone, and Echo and Narcissus.
These cunning verses combine with beautiful illustrations to create a collection of fourteen reverso poems to treasure.
Arachne, Icarus, Midas, and as the title suggests Narcissus are among the renowned Greek figures who feature in Singer and Masse's third collection of "reverso" poems, which are intended to be read both forward and backward. "Wondrous!/ How/ life-/like!/ There is nothing in this world/ so perfect," says Pygmalion of his statue, Galatea. "There is nothing in this world/ like/ life!" reads Galatea's accompanying poem. "How/ wondrous!" Masse's acrylics, dominated by rich colors and vertical symmetries, evoke weathered frescoes. The Minotaur appears prominently beside the poems for Theseus and Ariadne, half of its head transformed into a winding maze of golden thread, while the image paired with poems for Demeter and Persephone is divided into seasonal quadrants. Details about the myths appear across the bottom of the pages, further boosting the utility of another inventive exploration of stories readers thought they knew. Ages 6 9. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator's agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words.