A book of irresistible and deceptively simple sijo poems that illuminate the funny, unexpected, amazing aspects of the everyday—of breakfast, thunder and lightning, houseplants, tennis, freshly laundered socks.
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. The verses in this book illuminate funny, unexpected aspects of the everyday—of breakfast, houseplants, tennis, freshly washed socks. Carefully crafted and deceptively simple, Linda Sue Park's sijo are a pleasure to read and an invitation to experiment with an unfamiliar poetic form. Istvan Banyai's giddy illustrations add a one-of-a-kind luster to a book that is truly a gem.
“Fresh and collegial, this offering stands out.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Banyai’s illustrations enhance the collection with an extra element of wit and imaginative freedom.”—Horn Book
“Park wants readers to try sijo for themselves, and in an extensive author's note she offers history, advice and encouragement.”—Publishers Weekly
“A smart and appealing introduction to an overlooked poetic form.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“With this lighthearted collection of her own sijo, the form will take a flying leap into the consciousness of both children and teachers.”—Booklist, Starred Review
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