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by Linda Sue Park

illustrated by Istvan Banyai


School Library Journal:

/* Starred Review */ Gr 2–6 —Sijo is a traditional Korean form of poetry that can take two different shapes, three lines or six lines, using a strict syllable count as haiku does but with distinct differences. All of the lines have a purpose: in a three-line poem, the first one would be the introduction, the second would continue the theme, and the third and final line holds a sort of punch line, be it a play on words or a whimsical observation. Park’s sijo, 28 in all, harmonize with illustrations that are deceptively simple at first glance, but have a sophistication and wise humor that will make viewers smile, and at second glance make them think. The selections are thoughtful, playful, and quirky; they will resonate with youngsters and encourage both fledgling and longtime poets to pull out paper and pen. The author’s note includes historical background on sijo , further-reading suggestions, and a helpful guide to writing in the form. A smart and appealing introduction to an overlooked poetic form.—Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY –Susan Moorhead (Reviewed November 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 11, p111)


  • ALA Notable Children’s Books – Middle Readers Category: 2008


2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, Ages 9-12