Follow Follow: a Book of Reverso Poems

followfollowThe poems in Follow Follow are mostly short and deceptively simple. You read one poem top to bottom. Then on the other side of the page is the exact same poem written backward (only changes in punctuation or capitalization are allowed). You’ll be amazed at the new voices, details and attitudes that emerge simply from reading the words in reverse order. Following the fairy tale theme of Mirror, Mirror, each poem connects to a story either well known (The Three Little Pigs, The Twelve Dancing Princesses) or slightly more obscure (Pied Piper of Hamelin, Puss in Boots). Hans Christian Andersen is especially well represented here, with ‘Thumbelina’, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Nightingale’ among others. Singer achieves the best results with poems connected to fairy tales with clear oppositional characters. ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ from the Tortoise and the Hare is especially witty. Poems that present a dilemma from two points of view, such as ‘The Little Mermaid’s Choice’ are sometimes less immediately engaging. Masse’s clever illustrations make use of a split page to show either two different characters or the same character in different attitudes, as in the sweet final selection ‘Now it’s Time to Say Good-Night.’  This will be a great addition to bedtime reading or classroom shelves everywhere.

Follow Follow: a Book of Reverso Poems, by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josee Masse, Dial, $16.99

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A Book of Sleep: Erin’s Pick of the Day

booksleepA Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na (ages 3-6)

At night, everybody goes to sleep…except the little owl, that is!  As you flip through the pages, unique, detailed illustrations show you how different animals rest through the night.  When day comes, however, it’s the owl’s turn to sleep.  The artwork will really draw you in to this restful bedtime book.

A Book of Sleep; Il Sung Na; $15.99; published 2009; Alfred A. Knopf

End your evenings with Princess Baby, Night-Night by Karen Katz

Princess Baby, Night-Night, Karen Katz; Schwartz & Wade, 2009, $14.99

It’s princessnighttime for Princess Baby to go night-night! Her mommy and daddy ask her to pick up her toys, put her pajamas on, brush her teeth, wash her face, and pick out a bedtime story. But Princess Baby isn’t sleepy! She dawdles, putting off the inevitable. Princess Baby works so hard not getting herself ready for bed that she becomes very, very tired! When Mommy and Daddy come to tuck their little princess in, they have a surprise waiting for them: Princess Baby, already off in dreamland!

From Karen Katz, author of such delightful toddler classics as Where Is Baby’s Bellybutton? and Mommy Kisses comes a sweet bedtime story to share with your little angel. With simple text and adorable, brightly colored illustrations, Princess Baby Night-Night is the perfect tale to share with your own lovable princess baby!