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You Read to Me & I'll Read to You: Stories to Share from the 20th Century Hardcover – September 11, 2001


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Series: Treasured Gifts for the Holidays
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375810838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375810831
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Ah, The Shrinking of Treehorn. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! Flat Stanley. Even the beloved, silly The Piggy in the Puddle. Janet Schulman, editor of The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury and longtime children's book editor and publisher extraordinaire, knows how to pick 'em. Here, she has lovingly gathered 26 more best-loved stories in one stout volume. Although You Read to Me & I'll Read to You functions as a companion to her earlier anthology, it is not, as Schulman says in the introduction, more of the same. These stories, from William Steig's Amos and Boris and Daniel Pinkwater's Blue Moose to Freckle Juice by Judy Blume and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, were carefully selected based on their appropriateness for reading aloud. Storylines are more fully developed, with more words and fewer pictures. In short, these stories are just right for children in their first few years of school who can now read--but still love to be read to. This collection of absolute gems, including portions of longer chapter books, is sure to find a permanent, favored spot on young children's bedside tables, long after they've mastered reading skills. An index of titles, authors, and illustrators allows readers to find their all-time favorites--or explore a brand-new (to you) author's work. This excellent, positively historic collection of the crème de la crème of read-aloud stories belongs on every bookshelf. And, though hefty in size, remember that it's just one book to throw in the travel bag! (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

A companion to Schulman's The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury, this hefty anthology also has ample treasures to share. Aimed at a slightly older child than that earlier work, this volume collects 26 of last century's most memorable picture books and early chapter books (or parts thereof) and represents the works of a sterling cast of authors and artists. In her introductory note, Schulman urges parents and others to share these tales with youngsters: "It is certainly true that most children continue to enjoy being read to long after they have mastered the skill themselves." The stories span the century, from 1936 (Edward Ardizzone's Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain) to 2000 (Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, illus. by E.B. Lewis), with a healthy portion of them hailing from the 1970s. Schulman balances the poignant (Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, illus. by Erik Blegvad) with the comical (Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs), the nonsensical (Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss) with the true-to-life (No One Is Going to Nashville by Mavis Jukes, illus. by Lloyd Bloom) and gems lesser known to today's readers such as Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, illus. by Tomi Ungerer. It's easy to imagine entire families losing themselves in these pages for hours. Ages 5-up. (Sept.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

I just got this book for my 7 1/2 year old and he loves it!
PRichmond
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading to their kids and it also helps with children learing new words and works on their attention span.
Arlecia
This book is a MUST for any parent who reads bedtime stories.
Katherine C. Switala

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169 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on October 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Janet Schulman, editor of the 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury, is back with another wonderful collection of stories, this time geared to emerging readers and beyond. These 26 carefully chosen selections, from some of the 20th century's best known and favorite children's authors and illustrators, range from the true-to-life, autobiographical and poignant, to the magical, humorous and just plain silly. But all have one important thing in common. They beg to be shared and read aloud. Included in this volume are the very best and brightest, a veritable smorgasbord of entertaining and engaging stories...William Steig's Amos & Boris, Roald Dahl's The Magic Finger, Dr Seuss' Horton Hatches the Egg, Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, Crockett Johnson's Ellen's Lion, Judy Blume's Freckle Juice, Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, Maurice Sendak's Pierre, Florence Parry Heide's The Shrinking of Treehorn, Daniel Pinkwater's Blue Moose and much more. All are unabridged and feature their original illustrations. This is a collection that inspires the love of reading and invites you to read together, with your children. Perfect for youngsters 4 and older, You Read To Me & I'll Read To You is a masterpiece to share, savor and enjoy, now and in the many years to come.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Reading to children is tremendously important in helping them develop an interest in reading, a competence to read better, and a closeness between the reader and listener. With beginning reading books, children often memorize the pages and "read" the material back. Gradually, the memory is connected to the specific letter combinations on the page and words are learned.
For the adults, the retreat from reader to listener is often rapid during the years from ages 5-7. It is easy to forget that children love to be read to when they are older. With more difficult material, the same learning process applies. My daughter, for example, delighted in having an English teacher in 7th grade who read to the class every day.
Even if you do decide to read to one another, what do you read? It is hard to take on 150 page youth books.
Into this perceptual and content gap comes the very helpful You Read to Me & I'll Read to You. Having helped raise four children and being quite interested in reading to them . . . as well as being someone who often reviews children's books, I was humbled to realize that the very fine stories in this volume were mostly new to me. I wish this book had been published about 25 years ago so I could have read all of these stories with my children.
Most of the stories are at a third grade reading level, so the reading to one another will make a lot of progress over time. Some of the material would be appealing to kindergartners, but the vocabulary for most of the stories would be past many first graders. My suggestion is that you read all of the stories, and think about which ones will be right for the child you will be listening to and reading to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arlecia on January 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found this book on the sale table at my local Border's Book Store and though it might be fun to read to my soon who was 4 - 1/2 at the time. We both enjoyed the stories and I have read some of them by myself. My favorite is The True Story of The Three Little Pigs. As a budding stand up comic I have always found that there is a lot of fun and laughs in fairy tales and this story proves it. My son likes the longer stories and if it is to long we do it over two nights. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading to their kids and it also helps with children learing new words and works on their attention span.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BookLover on January 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having used the "You Read to Me, I'll Read to You" books with early readers, I thought this book also would have sections for the child to read and alternating sections for the adult to read. Descriptions should clearly point out the difference in this book and the "You Read..." series. Since this book is definitely not for early readers to read on their own and because my library includes many of the books that are included in this collection of stories, I feel this book will not get much use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RosemaryJones on July 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When the child is familiar with the nursery rhymes, and has repeated them over and over until they are really familiar, this book provides a delightful way of creating drama out of them. Two people reading them., and enjoying the reading, can introduce drama and put a completely different slant on the familiar rhymes, extending the meaning, and extending their usefulness.

Very refreshing, with or without a classroom application.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine C. Switala on March 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a MUST for any parent who reads bedtime stories. There are stories(for all ages)of varying length and content. With this book, my childrens fights about it being bedtime have stopped because they look forward to the stories.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Loves to read - AKA on September 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We love the 20th Century Children's Book Collection (perfect for our 4-year-old) and just added this to our book collection. This is a tad on the 'older' side - not as many pictures with the stories and they are longer. We read from it but will probably enjoy it a little more in the next few years. The stories are great and many you would probably not read if not for being included in this collection. It's like having 40 books in 1. I wish Janet Schulman would do more of these collections.
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