Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together: You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
Mary Ann Hoberman & Michael Emberley
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his is the 3rd in the excellent and engaging
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
series. This time, the idea is to alternate readings of nursery rhyme re-tellings. Mary Hoberman tells us: '
You'll read one side, / I the other. / The middle words / Like those before us / We'll read together / In a chorus.
' Colors highlight who reads what, and Michael Emberley's antic illustrations inject humor.
t starts with
chatting with his doctor - '
Well, I'm a doctor / As you see; / But eggs are not / My specialty.
Jack, Be Nimble
Jane both jump over the candlestick.
Jack and Jill
tell their sad tale, while Jack Sprat's doctor advises him to switch diets with his wife.
Little Jack Horner and Little Tommy Tucker
meld their nursery rhymes, as do
Little Boy Blue and Little Bo Peep
Old King Cole and the Cat and the Fiddle
ittle Miss Muffet
curds and whey
' to the spider who tells her '
I am nice and polite / Amd I don't often bite
' and shares her
Old Mother Hubbard
, technology solves the bare cupboard dilemma - '
The doggy just picked up the phone!
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
drives his wife crazy till he takes up oranges instead.
Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?
is about new friendships,
and the pie man head to baking school together, and while
Baa Baa Black Sheep
has no wool, his brother does.
love this series - enjoy reading the rhymes separately and together, in chorus.
Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together
take off from the familiar originals in all kinds of entertaining new directions.
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