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Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems)

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Playful poems dance with a simple, gleeful rhythm.

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Even without understanding the traditional form of sijo, reading these poems aloud is a joy. For any age, the subject matter of each verse is gentle and easy to connect to. The word play is witty and fun, but not too silly, and each poem ends with a subtle twist.

Each of the poems in this book are Linda Sue Park originals. And each is illustrated with the simple cartoon-like artwork of Istvan Banyai, whose editorial illustrations can be found in the pages of The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. This is the first book of poetry for Park, the daughter of Korean immigrants who published her first poem when she was 10. Aside from writing it and other picture books and novels, she won the Newbery Medal for A Single Shard in 2002.

Book Details

  • Author: Linda Sue Park
  • Illustrator: Istvan Banyai
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Publication date: October 15, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Last updated: November 15, 2019

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