You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together Paperback – Sep 11 2012
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"Sure to draw giggles from the most reluctant young readers."―Kirkus
"A delightful edition of Mother Goose tales--with a twist."―Children's Literature
About the Author
Mary Ann Hoberman is a former Children's Poet Laureate and a winner of the National Book Award. During her tenure as Children's Poet Laureate, Ms. Hoberman visited numerous classrooms and libraries, introducing both children and adults to the joys of reading and memorizing poetry. She is the author of more than forty books for children, including All Kinds of Families! and the award-winning You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series.
Michael Emberley is the creator of the highly acclaimed picture books Ruby and its sequel, Ruby and the Sniffs; Welcome Back Sun; Dinosaurs!; and Mail Harry to the Moon! Having grown up in a family of writers and artists, he is an avid reader and comic book fan. A native of New England, Mr. Emberley now lives in Ireland.
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Here's the premise. Each story in this book is a fairy tale. Each fairy tale is a conversation between two characters. It is meant to be read aloud by either two beginning readers or between a beginning and a more-advanced reader. After picking their parts the readers alternate lines, rhyming all the while. So, for example, in "The Three Bears" we have one reader say, "I'm Goldilocks" and another say "I'm Baby Bear". "What pretty fur!". "What pretty hair!". You get the idea. Anything written in blue is meant to be read by both readers at the same time and every poem/story ends with the lines, "You'll read to me! I'll read to you!". There are seven stories altogether and each one softens the original tale just a bit. I was surprised to see references to the Grimm version of Cinderella as well as the original ending of The Three Little Pigs. As it happens, however, no one gets eaten or hurt in these tales and in each case everyone ends the tale happily ever after.
This is not the first edition of "You Read To Me, I'll Read To You" to grace shelves around the world, you know. In fact, this book is a sequel to a predecessor of the same name that came out in 2001. Inanely, both versions have their reviews linked together here at Amazon.com. I'll state right here and now that this particular review that I am writing refers to the 2004 edition with the fairy tales in it. Let's just clarify that little detail once and for all.
Now the pairing of author Mary Ann Hoberman with illustrator Michael Emberley is nothing short of brilliant. While Hoberman has the almost unnatural ability of simplifying stories down to their essential parts, tacking on happy endings without sounding preachy, AND adding humor as well, Emberley is just as adept at pictures that are adorable, simple, and full of delightful details. Note that Jack in "Jack and the Beanstalk" is decked out in an utterly mod outfit, complete with tiger-striped shirt and go-go boots. Note also that when the third pig (at first) attempts to cook the wolf in a pot, he is holding a book called, "Cooking Lupine". Visual gag, meet fabulous wordplay. How do you do? How do you do?
So if a patron comes in asking me for a simple rhyming book that will help their child to read, I will be prepared. I shall promote this book as loudly as my indoor-librarian-voice allows me to. This is one of those rare buys that need to be touted widely to the public. A great exercise in reading and a necessary addition to every English-language-library.
My own kids and I can still recite parts of it from memory ("I found a dime! You found a dime? I found a dime at dinnertime!") The illustrations are adorable and are entertaining all on their own. Buy it and share!
This fun and delightful book is full of rhymes and rhythms, providing a helpful cadence for young readers to follow. While my three year old is still too young to read, she delights in hearing her eleven year old sister and me read the parts back and forth. The meter, tone, and style of the rhymes add to the fun and hilarity. As a matter of fact, these short tales are written in a way that almost sounds like rap. Rapping fairy tales, now that is funny! I think we will add music and sound effects the next time and see what happens!
Each story is only two to four pages long, and the illustrations are colorful, bright, and very funny. This book, and the others in the series, are perfect for beginning readers. And any book that encourages families to read together is quite simply A-1 in my book.
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