Written by Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by Josee Massee
Published: Penguin Books
Pages: 32 pages
Recommended age: 6-10
Every civilization tells stories that explain how the world began. These stories are called myths. Some of the most popular myths were created by the ancient Greeks. Echo, Echo is a children’s book that introduces children to Pandora, archne, Athena, Zeus, King Midas, Bellerophon, Narcissus, Pygmalian, Aphrodite, and many others. The author creatively marries poetry and Greek mythology. It is called echo because each myth is told by a poem that basically echoes or reverses the first poem.
A reverso consists of two poems. You read the first poem from top to bottom. Then, you read the poem again with the lines reversed, with changes only in punctuation and capitalization, and the second poem says something completely different. For example
“I must confess, I suffer much. Today, so needy, so greedy for one magic touch” becomes For one magic touch, so greedy so needy. I suffer much, I must confess.”
The author is brilliant in her ability to create poems that tell two perspectives.
One poem is from the perspective of one of the main characters in the myth but when reversed, the second poem is "magically" from the other main character's perspective.
Under the mirrored poems are explanations of each myth. This book was a nice refresher on Greek mythology and the illustrator truly captured the echoes of each story.
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