Friday, September 28, 2007

Tap Dancing on the Roof-Poetry Friday

Tap Dancing on the Roof
SIJO (Poems) by Linda Sue Park

I am TOTALLY in love with this new poetry book by Linda Sue Park. From the inside flap, I learned that sijo is a type of poem that originated in Korea. It is "kind of" like haiku, but not quite. It has a fixed number of stressed syllables and is usually 3 or 6 lines. The big fun is that there is some unexpected twist or joke at the end of each one.

In Tap Dancing on the Roof, Linda Sue Park shares sijos on many topics--October, pockets, long division and breakfast. Each poem is a short thought about something with a little surprise at the end. "The first line introces the topic. The second line develops the topic further. And the third line always contains some kind of twist--humor, irony, an unexpected image, a pun, or a play on words." Such fun! This is a semi-small square book. It is illustrated with mostly black and white drawings with splashes of color. Everything works together perfectly. (The book ends with a great author's note and some tips for writing Sijo.)

I am anxious to share this book with my class. They had SOOO much fun with Haiku once I shared DOGKU by Andrew Clements that I am pretty sure they will have fun with this one too--I am anxious to see what they do with the twist endings. I am all about finding books that help my kids really have fun with words and language. That's was why I was so excited when I found this new one!

Poetry Friday round-up is Amox Calli--enjoy!


  1. Linda Sue Park read from this book at the SCBWI conference in L.A. She's a GREAT speaker! So smart and funny.

  2. Anonymous7:59 AM

    I have been looking forward to this one ever since Lee Bennett Hopkins mentioned it during the Poetry Master Class in LA. I wish you'd posted a representative poem, but in any case I simply must go find this book!!

  3. I'm off to the library website to request this book...

  4. And I will put it on my list of books too...



  5. This sounds fabulous! It's on my list now too.


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