Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems)

By Linda Sue Park
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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ISBN: 9780544555518

About the Paperback

Publisher Clarion Books
Publish date 09/15/2015
Pages 48
ISBN-13 9780544555518
ISBN-10 0544555511
Language English

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