Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Echo, Echo

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths
by Marilyn Singer
illustrated by Josée Masse
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016

Marilyn Singer is amazing. Not only did she invent the reverso poetry form, she just keeps getting better at it!

Her new collection tells familiar stories from mythology from two points of view -- Pandora’s box, King Midas and his golden touch, Perseus and Medusa, Pygmalion and Galatea, Icarus and Daedalus, Demeter and Persephone, and Echo and Narcissus. Readers will also learn about Eurydice and Orpheus, Melanion and Atalanta, Bellerophon and Pegasus, and more.

Here is the closing poem, for just a taste of the deliciousness of these poems:

Gods and Mortals

These myths
make sense of
the world.
We --
tellers and listeners alike --
enter these portals to
gods and mortals.
They can never again be closed,
once our imaginations are opened.

Once our imaginations are opened,
they can never again be closed.
Gods and mortals
enter these portals to
tellers and listeners alike.
the world,
make sense of
these myths.


  1. I'm glad she keeps making more! This looks great.

  2. OK, definitely one I need to own. Our sixth graders do a study of Percy Jackson/mythology. This would be perfect!

  3. I just saw this book recently, and am putting it on my "to be purchased" list. Could be used for so many reasons in the classroom, the most important being her love of language and word choice!

  4. Oooh, I love this. I can't wait to read this new one--thanks for sharing it, Mary Lee!

  5. Great review! I just got this book out of the library, and am excited to read it.

    Would you be willing to share this post with us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Link-up? You can find it at http://pagesandmargins.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/literacy-musing-mondays/. Thanks!

  6. wow! Thank you Mary Lee.

  7. I REALLY want to get my hands on this book! Looks awesome. I love her other books. Thanks!


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