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You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together Hardcover – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316146111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316146111
  • ASIN: 0316146110
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A companion to the popular You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together (Little, Brown, 2001), this book offers eight fairy tales to inspire a wonderful read-aloud experience for two voices. The color and placement of the text on the pages indicate the different parts. For example, "The Little Red Hen" begins with voice one, in orange type: "I'm Little Red Hen./I planted the wheat./I dug up the soil/In the dust and the heat." Then, voice two, in magenta: "And I am the Duck/And I have to admit/That I did not help her,/Not one little bit." Each tale ends with both participants sharing the refrain: "You read to me./I'll read to you." Hoberman doesn't offer full renditions of the stories, but rather uses the characters and one or two plot elements to create retellings that will entice children and encourage them to keep reading. The selections all have happy endings; in "Jack and the Beanstalk," the ogre agrees to share some of his treasure with the boy, and Little Red Riding Hood takes the Big Bad Wolf out to lunch where they read together while waiting for their food. The verses are rarely forced or faltering, and the two voices join seamlessly together to create a truly delightful reading ensemble. Emberley's humorous illustrations feature expressive characters drawn in pen, watercolor, and pastel, and are liberally scattered throughout the text.
Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL
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Gr. 2-4. Like You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together (2001), this is an exuberant picture-book read-aloud with short, rhymed, illustrated scenarios for two voices. This time the eight stories are fairy tales--fractured fairy tales--and, as Hoberman says in her introduction, new readers will need to know the originals in order to enjoy the fun. In fact, even seasoned older readers will love the parody. Little Red Riding Hood takes Grandma and a starving wolf to a restaurant for lunch. Goldilocks befriends Baby Bear and takes him home with her to get some porridge (since she ate up all of his). Each story ends with former enemies reading together. Cinderella, for example, invites her gross sisters to live with her in the palace, and they share a good book while the prince reads nearby. Emberley's clear comic-style pictures are hilarious. The big but vulnerable ogre in "Jack and the Beanstalk" has a nose ring and earrings, and a cool Jack in sunglasses and high-heeled boots makes a deal. Great for readers' theater. Hazel Rochman
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All the stories end with the two characters coming together to read a book together.
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We use these books in a tutoring, reading program for second grade students and they love all the books in the series.
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I highly recommend all of the books in the "You Read to Me, I'll Read to You" series by Hoberman and Emberley.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Patron walks into my library the other day and demands a video that will teach their child how to read. Due to the fact that my library only carries Sesame Street videos that deal with holidays or sing songs, there wasn't much to offer. But the patron's demand got me thinking. Finding good materials that help children to read can be awfully difficult sometimes. Books for early readers tend to be dull (like your average "Dick and Jane" fare) or facile. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, and one of the most notable exceptions is the remarkable, "You Read To Me, I'll Read To You". This is a book that has killed roughly four birds with a single stone. It helps kids to read, rhymes beautifully, introduces them to a wide variety of fairy tales, and is funny. Really honest-to-goodness funny. This is a book that parents will not cringe to read over and over with their young 'uns. Hoberman has given us a book that is going to be appreciated by a wide range of ages. All that and it's a clever idea to boot.

Here's the premise. Each story in this book is a fairy tale. Each fairy tale is a conversation between two characters. It is meant to be read aloud by either two beginning readers or between a beginning and a more-advanced reader. After picking their parts the readers alternate lines, rhyming all the while. So, for example, in "The Three Bears" we have one reader say, "I'm Goldilocks" and another say "I'm Baby Bear". "What pretty fur!". "What pretty hair!". You get the idea. Anything written in blue is meant to be read by both readers at the same time and every poem/story ends with the lines, "You'll read to me! I'll read to you!". There are seven stories altogether and each one softens the original tale just a bit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vae Victus on January 4, 2007
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I love this book. When I leave it out on the shelf in the classroom, the kids actually ask to read it. They love reading to each other. Perfect for bilinguals or kids just starting out.

My own kids and I can still recite parts of it from memory ("I found a dime! You found a dime? I found a dime at dinnertime!") The illustrations are adorable and are entertaining all on their own. Buy it and share!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darshayna W. on March 27, 2006
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I am thoroughly impressed with this book! My son, a second grader, and I read it together. He enjoyed it as much as me and he had already read it with his classroom teacher. I plan on getting my third graders to read the fairytales to each other and then perform them for younger classrooms. The fairytales are classics but the author, Mary Ann Hoberman, gives the characters a little more attitude which livens the stories up for readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amber on March 28, 2006
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I really liked this book and think that it would be great to use in reader's theater. Hoberman takes the original fairytales and shortens them in kid friendly language. There are usually two different characters that tell the story. One reader would read the first character and the second reader reads the other character's part. When the text appears in the middle, both readers read at the same time. All the stories end with the two characters coming together to read a book together. Pastel type pictures are scattered throughout the stories and are humorous. For Jack and the beanstalk, the giant has his nose pierced and jack is wearing sun glasses. This book could be used in K-3 classes. Great Book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Meade on June 1, 2009
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I teach Kindergarten and First grade and I love these books. They are perfect for children to practice voice, and pacing of reading with a friend, which takes the pressure off of them and makes it fun. The organization and print allows the children to do this work on their own. These books are so fun that I too enjoy taking parts when the children let me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Joan VINE VOICE on October 4, 2008
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YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU: VERY SHORT FAIRY TALES TO READ TOGETHER is part of a very creative series of books that encourages children and parents, siblings, or friends read stories out loud to each other, each playing a specific part. In YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU: VERY SHORT FAIRY TALES TO READ TOGETHER, each story is a well known fairy tale written as a conversation between two characters. They are a comical parody of the original fairy tales and are told in a read-aloud, rhyming, fractured manner that enables two people to read and laugh together at unsuspected outcomes. For example, Jack and the Giant come to an agreement to share the Giant's treasures that Jack stole, Cinderella invites her mean step-sisters to come live with her in the castle, Little Red Riding Hood takes Grandma and a starving wolf to a restaurant for lunch, Goldilocks befriends Baby Bear and takes him home with her to get some porridge, and the little pig in the brick house makes friends with the wolf who ate his two brothers. In fact, at the end of each story, enemies wind up friends reading to each other.

This fun and delightful book is full of rhymes and rhythms, providing a helpful cadence for young readers to follow. While my three year old is still too young to read, she delights in hearing her eleven year old sister and me read the parts back and forth. The meter, tone, and style of the rhymes add to the fun and hilarity. As a matter of fact, these short tales are written in a way that almost sounds like rap. Rapping fairy tales, now that is funny! I think we will add music and sound effects the next time and see what happens!

Each story is only two to four pages long, and the illustrations are colorful, bright, and very funny. This book, and the others in the series, are perfect for beginning readers. And any book that encourages families to read together is quite simply A-1 in my book.
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