WOW! Palindrome Fun
Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 9:30am
What do these phrases have in common?
- Niagara, o roar again!
- Too bad I hid a boot.
- Eva, can I see bees in a cave?
- Ma is as selfless as I am.
They are all palindromes! Palindromes are words, phrases, numbers, or other sequences that read the same forwards and backwards.
Palindromes can be short, such as single words like "noon" or "racecar." Or they can be hundreds of words long. For example, in 1969, the French author George Perec wrote a short story palindrome 5,556 letters in length! More recently, much longer palindromic novels in English have been published: Satire: Veritas by David Stephens (1980, 58,795 letters) and Dr. Awkward & Olson in Oslo by Lawrence Levine (1986, 31,954 words).
Some palindromic sequences don't involve letters or numbers. Several composers, such as Anton Webern and Joseph Hadyn, have created musical palindromes -- tunes that play the same forwards and backwards.
On Monday, April 14 (4-14-14: a palindromic date) at 3 p.m., we will celebrate palindromes with games, music, trivia, and other fun activities in the MLK Children's Room (Room 200). So, if you know a "Hannah" or "Bob," or have a "mom" or "dad" or "pup" or "sis," or were born in "2002," or have traveled in "a toyota," or just want to enjoy some zany palindrome fun, please join us!!
We guarantee you'll leave knowing some fabulous palindromes you didn't know before.
For children ages 6-12. No registration is required. Please call us at 202-727-1248 if you have any questions!
Interested in exploring palindromes on your own? Check out these children's books:
- Palindromania by Jon Agee
- So Many Dynamos and Other Palindromes by Jon Agee
- Sit On a Potato Pan, Otis: More Palindromes by Jon Agee
- Go Hang A Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! and Other Palindromes by Jon Agee
- If You Were a Palindrome by Michael Dahl
- Madam and Nun and 1001: What is a Palindrome? by Brian P. Cleary
- Mom and Dad are Palindromes by Mark Shulman
- Kayak Anna and the Palindrome Creek by Lina Lukashevich