Review of Follow Follow, by Marilyn Singer

Follow Follow

A Book of Reverso Poems

by Marilyn Singer
illustrated by Josée Masse

Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013. 32 pages.

Like Mirror Mirror, Follow Follow is a book of Reverso poems based on fairy tales. Marilyn Singer created this form. It consists of a pair of two poems. “Read the first poem down and it says one thing. Read it back up, with changes only in punctuation and capitalization, and it means something completely different.”

The beauty of using fairy tales for the reversos is that children will know the stories they are based on (notes in the back explain the basics if any need to be filled in), and will appreciate the implications of the two perspectives.

Some of the poems include the two perspectives of the hare and the tortoise, the emperor and the boy who sees he’s wearing no clothes, the big bad wolf climbing down the chimney and the pig in his brick house waiting for him, the mayor of Hamelin and the Pied Piper.

These are fun to read and clever, and what better way to illustrate that there’s always another side to the story?

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