You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together
Mary Ann Hoberman & Michael Emberley
Little, Brown & Co., 2001 (2001)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ary Ann Hoberman wrote this picture book to promote literacy, by reading aloud together. Her very short stories (in verse) are each '
like a little play for two voices
', and all end in the refrain '
You read to me! / I'll read to you!
' Note that this is an
book. Michael Emberley's illustrations add quirky humor to each tale.
here are two cats reading with a captive audience of mice, followed by two tough looking dogs rescuing the mice from a cat, '
Now pussycat, / That isn't nice. / You shouldn't scare / The little mice.
' I love the raccoon. She moans '
I hate my hat!
' to a friend, whose response is '
I like your hat. / It's "hate" I hate.
' And there's a bunny hopping with a skipping child up and down hill all the way to the library.
ids build a snowman together, then read inside in the warmth. '
' is a delightful take on likes and dislikes, with reading as a like that children have in common. '
' is a pet who likes to hang around its owner's neck and check out books. There's a readalong by telephone, a poem on the futility of bathing a puppy, and an imaginary (or is he?) bear. Finally '
' reminds us '
there are other books to read. / Hundreds / Thousands / All we need.
here are indeed, but don't miss this one! Share it with a beginning reader - taking turns reading is a wonderful way to get started, and
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
makes it great fun.
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