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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316013161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316013161
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4–In this third installment in the series, Hoberman and Emberley introduce shared reading experiences that retell and elaborate on Mother Goose rhymes. Consisting of 14 short tales, each story is designed to be read by two voices that, at times, come together for shared lines; different colored type indicates each distinct voice. Told in verse, these stories will appeal to readers who are familiar with the original rhymes. In Old Mother Hubbard, for example, the woman and her dog determine that since it's cold outside, they'll call the butcher and order in some food. The humor and rhythms in Jack, Be Nimble are reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham (Random, 1960). The careful word choices are ideal for beginning and reluctant readers; Hoberman introduces simple contractions that easily blend into the rhythmic text. The bright and cheery artwork captures the humor; Little Jack Horner is portrayed as a raccoon sporting a shabby overcoat and fedora and Little Tommy Tucker is a bass-playing gorilla. Both the illustrations and text are set against clean white space for ease of reading. In addition to sharing in two voices, this book is also ideal for choral reading and classroom activities. An author's note provides additional suggestions.–Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Gr. 2-3. Inspired by work with the Literacy Volunteers of America, Hoberman offers 13 rhymed variations on the theme of getting together to read. The short poems are designed to be read aloud by two voices, with occasional parts to share. Color-coded text in double columns makes it easy to distinguish the parts. Each poem revolves around a simple incident: in "The Dime," two children decide what to do with the coin one has found; in "I Like" young neighbors finish the phrase, "I like . . . " in different ways. The energy never flags, neither in Hoberman's trademark bouncy rhythms nor in Emberley's exuberant illustrations, which picture a wonderful array of children and animals tumbling across the pages. It's a worthy message, lightly but strongly delivered: "In the shade (Or in the sun) / Choose a book (That looks like fun.) / One that's old (Or one that's new.) / Make-believe (Or really true.) / I'll read one line (I'll read two.) / You'll read to me. / I'll read to you." John Peters
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

The stories are cute and quirky, fun to read.
Veronica L. Myers
I highly recommend this book for young readers to read with their parents.
S. H.
My daughter and I love to read this book together.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Y. Leventhal on December 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book based on the reviews from amazon. When I got it, I admit I was a bit disappointed. The rhymes, I thought, were not exactly very interesting and each little piece repeats "I read to you and you'll read to me."
Much to my surprise, my 6 year old, who is beginning to read, loves this book. She wants to read it every night. Sometimes she picks to read the purple lines (lines are color-coded so parents and kids can take regular turns). Then she switches to the red lines for a second read. The repetition at the end of each rhyme, which I disliked, gives her much delight because she can read those lines without hesitation. So this is a great book for kindergarteners who are just beginning to learn to read. I can imagine six months down the road my daughter would much prefer something more sophisticated. But now she loves this book.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on November 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As the Mary Ann Hoberman explains in her introduction: "Here's a book/With something new-/You read to me!/I'll read to you!/We'll read each page/To one another-/You'll read one side,/I the other..." This clever and unique picture book includes 12 very short stories, written like a dialogue, and based on simple, lighthearted, friendly themes, that are perfect for emerging, and early readers. Each part is color coded for sharing and fun. I read the purple lines, you read the red, and we read the blue lines together, and then maybe switch. Ms Hoberman's joyous, rhyming text is full of rhythm, energy, and repetition and complemented by Michael Emberley's charming and humorous illustrations. You Read To Me, I'll Read To You is a delightful introduction to the joys and wonders of both reading, and reading together. As the author reminds your young reader at the end: "...But there are other/Books to read./Hundreds/Thousands/All we need./Any time/In any weather/We can sit/Right down together./In the shade/Or in the sun/Choose a book/That looks like fun./One that's old/Or one that's new./Make-believe/Or really true./I'll read one line/I'll read two./You read to me./I'll read to you."
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Education Oasis on March 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Not long ago I was attending a conference for reading teachers. The main topic of conversation was, as you might imagine, books. After the third person told me You Read to Me is "simply wonderful," and "a must-have," I decided I'd better check it out.
My colleagues were not exaggerating. You Read to Me, I'll Read to You is one of those rare "must-haves." The book, as the title implies, is created for two voices. Thoughtfully, the text is divided into three columns, each done in a different color print. One reader reads the left-hand passages. The second reader reads the right-hand passages. Both readers, of course, read the text in the middle.
The dozen stories in the book are original, fresh, and funny. (Hoberman refers to them as little plays for two voices.) Each is short, rhythmic, and rhyming. Topics include: mice, cats, dogs, bears, snakes, snowmen, friendship, hats, and more.
Emberley's illustrations, done in pen, watercolor, and dry pastel, perfectly compliment and enrich the text. The character's actions and facial expressions are priceless.
The book works exceedingly well in the classroom. Perfect for "buddy reading," it also provides teachers a perfect vehicle for working one-on-one with students. As we know, reading aloud helps to build fluency-which in turn helps with comprehension. You Read to Me, I'll Read to You is the perfect fluency-building book.
You Read to Me receives our highest recommendation.
Reviewed by the Education Oasis Staff
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Piperdog on December 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I saw all the positive reviews, so I bought this book for my 7 year old nephew. Before wrapping it, I looked through it to see if it was something I would buy for my 3 and 5 year old boys when they learn to read. We are big readers and I'm very picky since I'm the one always reading the books. This book is so sweet and so fun! My reaction was immediate and my boys loved it. Here is an example of a short story in this book:

(The adult reads the purple sentence, the child reads the second sentence printed in red and the blue "we" sentences you read together. So, each of the sentences below are in different colors.)

I like soda.

I like milk.

I like satin.

I like silk.

I like puppies.

I like kittens.

I like gloves.

And I like mittens.

I like apples.

I like pears.

I like tigers.

I like bears.

I like to slide.

I like to swing.

We don't agree on anything!

I like butter.

I like jam.

I like turkey.

I like ham.

I like rivers.

I like lakes.

I like cookies.

And I like cakes.

I like yellow.

I like blue.

I like pizza.

I like stew.

I like summer.

I like spring.

We don't agree on anything!

There's something else I like a lot. Bit if I like it, You will not.

There's something else That I like, too. But you won't like it If I do.

Tell me yours And I'll tell mine.

I like reading. Reading's fine!

You like reading?

Yes, I do.

Why, reading was What I picked, too!
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