I Saw a Peacock With a Fiery Tail

by Jonathan Yamakami and Ramsingh Urveti

I Saw a Peacock With a Fiery Tail

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Jonathan Yamakami and Ramsingh Urveti

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Presents a folk poem from the seventeenth century, featuring die-cut pages that reveal its nuanced meaning.


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This very visual incarnation of a well-known folk poem from 17th century England is a stunning reminder of why people keep making real-live books. In its unpunctuated form, the poem is a series of nonsensical images. But with a little mental cunning and reading-aloud, the reader can add the punctuation and phrasing that will reveal its meaning. Jonathan Yamakami's die-cut pages and Ramsingh Urveti's shape-shifting illustrations reveal the key to decode this "trick verse" by encouraging the

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