Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 15, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
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A sijo, a traditional Korean verse form, has a fixed number of stressed syllables and a humorous or ironic twist at the end. Like haiku, sijo are brief and accessible, and the witty last line winds up each poem with a surprise. The verses in this book illuminate funny, unexpected, amazing aspects of the everyday--of breakfast, thunder and lightning, houseplants, tennis, freshly laundered socks. Carefully crafted and deceptively simple, Linda Sue Park's sijo are a pleasure to read and an irresistible invitation to experiment with an unfamiliar poetic form. Istvan Banyai's irrepressibly giddy and sophisticated illustrations add a one-of-a-kind luster to a book that is truly a gem.

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User Review  - jenniferm14 - LibraryThing

This book is a compilation of poems, called sijo, written by Linda Sue Park. The introduction of this creative writing explains what a sijo is. Each page contains entertaining illustrations to match each sijo poem. It is appropriate for intermediate readers. Read full review

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User Review  - lauraleerose - LibraryThing

This book was labeled easy fiction, however I think that it is poetry. It could be fictional poetry. The poems are thoughtful and include awesome opportunities for new vocabulary words, and allowing ... Read full review


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Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard and bestseller A Long Walk to Water. She has written several acclaimed picture book texts. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family. For more information visit www.lspark.com.

Istvan Banyai is the creator of the award-winning children's book Zoom and The Other Side. He lives in Connecticut.

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