Dial Books for Young Readers
Marilyn Singer is the creator of the “Reverso Poem,” which is poetry which can be read both up and down, often yielding very different meanings.
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“. . . a good resource book for older grade school readers studying the classics.”
In Echo Echo, she’s written reverse poetry about the Greek gods and their myths. Small print explanations of the myths are included at the bottom of most pages for further clarification.
Josee Masse’s colorful illustrations are eye-catching and bold and are the book’s main draw, as the stories’ content might be off-putting to sensitive young children and their parents. Greek myths aren’t exactly without violence and pathos, so young readers will more than likely need adult supervision in interpreting the stories. The better known classics such as “Perseus and Medusa” and “Narcissus and Echo” are balanced with lesser known retellings such as “Melanion and Atalanta” and “Eurydice and Orpheus.” The tragedies of Icarus and Daedalus, as well as King Midas and his ill-fated daughter, make the happy ending of “Pygmalion and Galatea” that much sweeter. However, overall, the ancient Greeks held a dark outlook on life and human nature.
Echo Echo would make a good resource book for older grade school readers studying the classics.
Reviewer: Cindy A. Matthews