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Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together: You Read to Me, I'll Read to You    by Mary Ann Hoberman & Michael Emberley order for
Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This 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.

It starts with Humpty Dumpty chatting with his doctor - 'Well, I'm a doctor / As you see; / But eggs are not / My specialty.' In Jack, Be Nimble, Jack and 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, and Old King Cole and the Cat and the Fiddle.

Little Miss Muffet explains 'curds and whey' to the spider who tells her 'I am nice and polite / Amd I don't often bite' and shares her tuffet. In 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, Simple Simon and the pie man head to baking school together, and while Baa Baa Black Sheep has no wool, his brother does.

I 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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