This week we should all feel a little more balanced. That’s because it is a Palindrome Week!
Yes, the dates this week are the same going both forward and backward.
When I think of palindromes, I usually think of words not numbers. I’m not sure if there’s any great importance to palindromes but for those of us who like words, it’s just fun to play around with them. I found this picture book which is filled with palindrome mania:
Mom and Dad are Palindromes a Dilemma for Words … and Backwards by Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley (Chronicle 2014) (Chronicle 2014)
Poor Bob! His teacher, Miss Sim, explains that palindromes are words or sentences spelled the same way forward and backward.
Then, she uses Bob as an example!
Bob can’t seem to avoid palindromes – they are everywhere! He tries to escape the palindromes at home (MOM, DAD, ANNA, PUP, RACE CAR) but soon discovers that he can’t get away from these pesky mirror image words.
This is a great book to read aloud. The illustrations and text are upbeat and zany. There are 101 palindromes scattered throughout the book so reading it becomes an interactive word search. It will definitely get kids thinking about words in a new way.
Now, let’s have a race. How many palindromes can you think of in a minute?