Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths, by Marilyn Singer. 28 pages, hardcover. Penguin Random House, 2016.
I’m guessing I’m not the only adult who enjoys children’s books. I find them delightful in their simplicity and a welcome distraction from my quotidian concerns.
In my library wanderings the other day, I came across three good finds: an entertaining children’s book, a book about Greek myths (something near and dear to my heart), and a book of cleverly written reverso poems. The real treasure, however, was that all three of these finds were within the same book.
With wit, humor, and sensitivity, Marilyn Singer captures the essence of Greek myths in her new book, Echo Echo. Many of the most popular Greek myths are featured, including Pandora’s Box, King Midas, and Demeter and Persephone. Each myth is summarized in a set of reverso poems, many of which reflect the opposite opinions of each pair of speakers, including Theseus and Ariadne, Perseus and Medusa, and more. Each set of poems is accompanied by the lush blues, greens and golds of acclaimed artist Josée Massee.
Marilyn Singer is an award-winning author of more than ninety children’s books. This is Singer’s third book of reverso poetry, preceded by Mirror Mirror and Follow Follow.
Pick this book up from your local bookseller if you have the chance! You’ll want to read it to your children or grandchildren, if you have any. But do be sure to steal the book away and indulge yourself with it first.