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You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together Paperback – April 5, 2006
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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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
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So if course it takes her forever to finish one page and by the end of books like Doctor Seuss it is me left reading because she's become frustrated.
These books aren't like that. The stories are 2 pages at most and it is fun for kids to read with someone.
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.
First of all, you really need to know the original nursery rhymes for anything in here to be remotely funny. Many of these rhymes my child does not know. Secondly, even though i knew most of the original nursery rhymes myself, I did not laugh once. Thirdly, I expected the harder words to be saved for the parent reading to not overly discourage the child from reading aloud their portion, but this is not the case. Both sides have tough words like "prodigy," "splendid," or "recognize." There is nothing wrong with pushing a reader to new vocabulary, its just that the toughness of the words move the book to a much higher reading level than the story material/content is appropriate. Lastly, I found the doctor putting Humpty Dumpty back together in the wrong way disturbing and not funny at all.
Even though there was a lot that I did not like about this book, there were two gems in here. The "Introduction" poem on how to use the book was very cute and what sold the book to me (because it was all I was able to preview online). Then the "Old King Cole and the Cat and the Fiddle" was awesome and the only reason I ended up keeping the book instead of returning it. I really did not like anything else in the entire book.
I just expected much more given the positive reviews. Would not have bought this book if I had read it in a store.