Marilyn Singer has created a form of poetry called the reverso. Her explanation for a reverso is "When you read a reverso down, it is one poem. When you read it up, with changes allowed only in punctuation and capitalization it is a different poem." Here is her example of what she is describing:
A cat Incomplete:
without A chair
a chair: without
Incomplete a cat
Singer has now written an entire book of reversos, with a fairy tale theme, called Mirror Mirror. These poems are incredibly clever showing two points of view within a particular fairy tale. In the poem In the Hood, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf each present their point of view of a moment in time:
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
Josee Masse's beautiful illustrations create a classic fairy tale look with rich colors and expressive characters. Mirror Mirror is an expressive piece of poetry that should be added to your poetry and/or fairy tale units. This would be a great text to use for teaching point of view, contrasting, or for trying to write a new form of poetry. Using poetry to teach comprehension lessons is a natural because of the short amount of text to read.
If you are an aspiring writer, check out Marilyn's website for several tips on writing and the book business.