You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together

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Here's a book With something new - You read to me! I'll read to you! We'll read each page To one another - You'll read one side, I the other. But who will read - Now guess this riddle - When the words are In the middle? The answer's easy! Plain as pie! We'll read together, You and I.

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Here's a book With something new - You read to me! I'll read to you! We'll read each page To one another - You'll read one side, I the other. But who will read - Now guess this riddle - When the words are In the middle? The answer's easy! Plain as pie! We'll read together, You and I.

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"Here's a book / With something new -- / You read to me! / I'll read to you!" With an invitation that every book lover can endorse, Mary Ann Hoberman unfolds an exuberant read-aloud experience for children and their reading partners. The book's brief, rhythmic stories and Michael Emberley's lighthearted pastel cartoons gently coax beginning readers into the sheer joy of words and rhymes.
From The Critics
In this treat for young readers (or adults learning to read), the two-page stories mix two voices: purple typeface on the left for one voice, red on the right for the other—and blue for the two voices together. Short words, energetic rhythms and carefully crafted rhymes bounce the stories along, with cartoonlike illustrations to add humor. This clever, attractive book promises to become a staple for beginning readers.
—Kristin Kloberdanz
Publishers Weekly
John Ciardi's collection of 35 poems with drawings by Edward Gorey is perhaps the best known book with this title (published in 1962); it, too, used the concept of dividing a poem on the page, designed for a more experienced reader to read with a child. Hoberman (One of Each) here creates a collection of 12 rhyming and heavily repetitious dialogues, each one ending with the emphasis on reading together (e.g., "I'll read to you. You'll read to me"; "We'll read together,/ You and I"). In "The Dime," a pig discovers that the coin he found may actually be the lost money of his rabbit friend. A discussion ensues: "Shall we divide the dime in two?"/ "A nickel each? It's up to you."/ Or shall we buy/ One thing to share?"/ "That would be fun, that would fair." Another playful poem, "The Bear," takes on an incredulous tone; when a boy's little brother tells a bear he can spend the night as long as he does not snore, the boy's friend replies, "Your little brother/ Sounds quite brave/ To tell a bear/ How to behave." But while the mood is light, the text never really takes flight. In addition to similar phrases, the rhyme scan is nearly identical in all of the poems; the tone becomes monotonous. However, each of Emberley's (Happy Birth Day!) spot illustrations is unique and, in total, the artwork creates relationships among the characters. Working in watercolor, pen and pastel, he endows his characters with an edgy expressiveness that leaps off the page. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This book contains many different short stories that two people can read together. All containing positive lessons, each story has at least two characters that face a problem or experience an adventure. For example, in "The Dime," the pig finds a dime, but his friend the cat feels that the money belongs to him. Instead of the characters keeping the money and destroying their friendship, they decide to purchase a book and take turns reading the book to one another. Another story that has a positive lesson is "I Hate My Hat." The characters in the story are raccoons, and one raccoon continually says, "I hate my hat." The other raccoon says that "hate" is not a nice word to say and compliments his friend for wearing the hat, so that no one needs to speak the word "hate" at all. This book also possesses characteristics of a play because the text offers a dual speaking part. One reader reads the purple colored sentences, the other reads the pink colored sentences and both readers read the blue sentences together. The color-coding also teaches the concept of following directions. Children of all ages need to know how to follow directions because they will encounter many areas in their lives that will require them to follow directions, both at school and at home. 2001, Little Brown and Company, Ages 4 to 8.
—Kelvin Byrd
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A delightful choreography of rhythm, rhyme, and repetition that begs to be read aloud in tandem by children and adults, or by any pairing of beginning readers. The gist of the book is that reading aloud and listening as others read aloud is an integral part of early literacy. "Here's a book/With something new-/You read to me!/I'll read to you!" instructs a passage in the introduction. Thirteen two-page humorous "stories" feature enduring childhood subjects like animals, play, likes and dislikes, friends, and family. All are liberally decorated with Emberley's witty, exuberant, pastel-colored cartoon illustrations. Brief verses appear on the left, right, or center of each page and are printed in three different colors to signal whose turn it is to read (or when it's time to read together). Simple yet varied vocabulary is used throughout. All of the selections conclude with a twist on the "you read to me/I'll read to you" refrain. The combination of short, rhythmic stories and cheerful art is a winning one, making this title a valuable addition to picture-book collections.-Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Playful rhymes celebrate the sheer joy of reading in this exuberant read-aloud collection. Designed for two readers, the poems are laid out with verses in place-specific positions and printed in a trio of colors to indicate the different voices; purple on the left, pink on the right, and the blue sections in the center indicating that the text should be read in unison. Hoberman (It's Simple, Said Simon, 2001, etc.) draws upon such universally kid-pleasing themes as frolicking in the snow and frisky puppies, liberally infusing them with copious amounts of silliness. The result: rambunctious poems to tickle funny bones. Whatever the theme, each poem concludes with the rousing chorus, "You read to me. / I'll read to you." Hoberman's verses draw the readers into a delightful verbal sparring match of dueling rhymes. The humorous bandying keeps the laughs coming while the actual vocabulary is manageable for fledgling readers. The poems run the gamut from a pair of dogs scolding a cat for chasing mice to the wonderfully insouciant poem, "Hop and Skip." Emberley's pen-and-watercolor illustrations capture the liveliness of the poems; small vignettes revel in the absurdities, beckoning readers to join in and relish the fun. In "The Two Mice," Hoberman sums up the philosophy of the collection quite nicely. "Two readers reading / Make a game. / It's twice as nice / When there are two." And what fun this is for readers and listeners alike. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316363501
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 141,329
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Great book for early readers

    My 5 y.o. son LOVES this book. I read one line, he reads the next line and then we read a line together. First person's lines are written on the left printed in purple, second person's lines are on the right in red, the lines to read together are centered and printed in blue. Each short story is a fun rhyming poem that covers two pages. Also includes wonderful illustrations. Because my son is just learning to read, he is struggling a little with all the contractions (let's, she's, I'll) but they are important to the rhythm of the words. A short excerpt from "Hop and Skip", "(1st reader) My mom says, "Walk/ Instead of run." (2nd reader) My dad does, too./ But that's no fun. (Both) If you just walk/ To where you go,/ Instead of run,/ You go too slow. ." It is accompanied by great illustrations of a rabbit and child dressed as a rabbit tumbling down a hill with their books going helter skelter.

    Illustrations include boys and girls of different races (cats, dogs and pigs too). Titles include: The Snowman, The Snake, The Telephone and are appropriate for children of all ages. I love how this book encourages reading and seeks to make it fun. If a child enjoys reading, then the whole world is available to him or her. Here's a bit of my favorite story, The End: "(1st) We're at the end/ (2nd) The very end/ (both) The very/ Very/ Very/ End (1st) No more words/ (2nd) Or pictures. Look!/ (1st) No more stories/ (2nd) In this book. / (Both) But there are other/ Books to read./ (2nd) Hundreds/ (1st) Thousands/ (both) All we need, /Any time/ In any weather/ We can sit/ Right down together. ." Fabulous fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Great bed time reading

    Cute short stories written to be read by an adult and a child. Stories are just long enough for bed time reading. Colorful illustrations. Great for the novice reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    I Read to You

    This book was a gift to a beginning reader, who has enjoyed reading alongside her parents. I highly recommend reading this series to others.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    A good sharing and learning tool

    I sent this book to my granddaughter who lives with her father and is going through a lot of separation anxiety away from her mother. Sharing the reading more closely bonds her relationship with "Daddy"as she learns new words and at the same time enjoys sharing a story with him, not just listening to him read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2001

    Wonderful Shared Book!

    Our students in our reading lab are 3rd-5th grade at-risk students reading 1 1/2+ years below grade level. They LOVE this book. Most of the time the students read to their tutors, with this book, they read WITH their tutors. It is a great way for the tutors to model reading fluency. I have students memorizing the short 'stories', trading places with the tutors for their parts, and even coming in at recess with a friend to read the book.

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