You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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This cheerful companion follows the enormous success of You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together. Designed with budding readers in mind, each of the 8 fairy tales has been given a new twist and is set in three columns and three colors as a script for two voices to read separately or together. From the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk (in which Jack negotiates for the ogre's hen!) to Goldilocks (in which Baby Bear helps the famed intruder find her way home!), acclaimed writer Mary Ann ...
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Overview

This cheerful companion follows the enormous success of You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together. Designed with budding readers in mind, each of the 8 fairy tales has been given a new twist and is set in three columns and three colors as a script for two voices to read separately or together. From the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk (in which Jack negotiates for the ogre's hen!) to Goldilocks (in which Baby Bear helps the famed intruder find her way home!), acclaimed writer Mary Ann Hoberman clever disguises reading skill development in her child-friendly rhymes, while Michael Emberley's warm and witty watercolors make for another irresistible package.
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The team who created You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together return with a zippy fairy-tale follow-up aimed at getting kids to read cooperatively. Including eight fairy tales amended to ultimately convey the joy of reading, Hoberman delivers another lively, positive-minded picture book featuring "The Three Bears," "The Princess and the Pea," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and other familiar stories. In one tale, Little Red Riding Hood speaks with the disguised Big Bad Wolf, going back and forth in a peppy dialogue -- each character's words are clearly set apart through differently colored text and indentations -- that results in both of them heading off to a restaurant: [Red:] "Well, if you promise to behave, I'll take you out to lunch." / [Wolf:] "We'll go out to a restaurant / And while our dinners cook / We'll read a special story / Out of a special book." Likewise, Cinderella and her nasty stepsisters sit down for family time; the Little Red Hen gets her barnyard pals to join in storytime after her bread is eaten; and the Three Billy Goats Gruff check out a book with the bridge troll. Hoberman's reading-themed effort is glowing with its messages about books and solving differences, and when combined with Michael Emberley's gut-busting illustrations and a helpful author's note for parents, this is a winning treat that everyone who is young, or young at heart, will have a blast reading aloud. Shana Taylor
From The Critics
This sequel to a book of short stories by the same title is written in parts: purple, orange, and blue type signal the text that you, your child, or both of you can read together. The content is as smart as the format, with fresh takes on old plots, like an affably cartooned Big Bad Wolf promising better behavior to a forgiving pig. (Ages 6 to 8)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2004
Publishers Weekly
Conflict resolution seems the theme of You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman, illus. by Michael Emberley. As with this duo's first collaboration, the tales take the form of a conversation between a pair of characters (such as the princess and the pea or Jack and the ogre atop the beanstalk), allowing the stories to be read aloud by two people. As the characters quibble over plot points, they ultimately come to terms, in each case deciding, "You'll read to me!/ I'll read to you!" Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Jack, the giant and that infamous wolf pop up in Mary Ann Hoberman's You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together. Hoberman takes much delightful poetic license in her eight rhymed re-tellings, which feature a chat between a sleepy princess and a grouchy, slept-upon pea and a running dialogue between pugnacious Red Riding Hood and an eager-to-please wolf. Designed for those learning to read, these tales are set up so that two readers alternate between stanzas. The brevity, repetition and rhyme help youngsters develop reading skills—all while enjoying the cozy interaction with another reader. The book's performance aspect, along with Michael Emberley's humorous watercolors, should inspire frequent readings as well as a demand for the originals. 2004, Little Brown, Ages 4 to 7.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A companion to the popular You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together (Little, Brown, 2001), this book offers eight fairy tales to inspire a wonderful read-aloud experience for two voices. The color and placement of the text on the pages indicate the different parts. For example, "The Little Red Hen" begins with voice one, in orange type: "I'm Little Red Hen./I planted the wheat./I dug up the soil/In the dust and the heat." Then, voice two, in magenta: "And I am the Duck/And I have to admit/That I did not help her,/Not one little bit." Each tale ends with both participants sharing the refrain: "You read to me./I'll read to you." Hoberman doesn't offer full renditions of the stories, but rather uses the characters and one or two plot elements to create retellings that will entice children and encourage them to keep reading. The selections all have happy endings; in "Jack and the Beanstalk," the ogre agrees to share some of his treasure with the boy, and Little Red Riding Hood takes the Big Bad Wolf out to lunch where they read together while waiting for their food. The verses are rarely forced or faltering, and the two voices join seamlessly together to create a truly delightful reading ensemble. Emberley's humorous illustrations feature expressive characters drawn in pen, watercolor, and pastel, and are liberally scattered throughout the text.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606266857
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 742,327
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (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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