You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 118 user ratings

"Summary:Two voices are needed to read this book. It includes 13 short, rhyme poetry, stories that are very cute and each very different. Since it takes two readers, it is very interactive and engaging.
Curriculum Connection:Alliteration, Rhyme Poetry, Repetition, and Short Sentences
Reaction:The rhymes were very cute -my favorite one was "The Puppy." I would suggest that the rhymes are read at different times (not all at once). In my opinion, it wasn't the best book I've read with poetry or rhyme and I could do without it in my personal library. However, the illustrations were great!
Audience:Primary/Elementary (Adult too, to read with child)
Visual Appeal:The front cover is appealing -one reason why I chose this book. There are different characters in every story. Bright eye-catching colors are used to hold the readers's attention. It is also won a Notable Award from the American Library Association -the other reason why I chose this book.
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" Very cute book! I loved sharing the reading parts. Some are rhyming others are tongue twisters to say. Loved it as did my daughter! " said.

"Plot Summary:
A set of rhyming poems meant to be read by two people (the text is color coded by what each person reads; if they read together, it’s a third color). Each poem tells a sort of short story between the two characters. The poem-stories are not connected in content, so they could be read individually.
Personal Evaluation:
I love the simple text that would make younger children feel big because they would be able to read it. I also love the concept of two friends, or a parent and child, reading to one another. The rhyming poems offer an opportunity for lots of discussions about words and sounds.
Memorable Literary Element:
Rhyme! Every poem in the book rhymes, mostly in couplets. This makes the poems sing-songy and happy.
The illustrations for each poem match the story of the poem. Illustrations are sometimes just the characters (no background), and sometimes more detailed illustrations are used. The colors used are soft, and there are lots of funny details to find in the pictures.
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"My eight year old absolutely LOVED all of the books in this series. She even made me drag them out night after night because she said she didn't want to finish them too soon.
Each story is color coded with three different colors. One for you to read, one for your child and one for both of you together. The sections were also separate, each of the two main colors on the left and right and the joint color in the middle so even if you aren't good at differentiating between your colors you can still enjoy this book with your child. Bug liked to alternate which color she chose from story to story.
The tall tales version was probably her least favorite since those stories tended to be a lot longer than the other books and she didn't know a lot of the legends so they went right over her head.
The scary story book was definitely her favorite. She laughed at every story.
I wish I knew of some other books set up like this so that I could get them for her from our library because she was disappointed that we've finished all the had.
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"You Read to Me, I'll Read to You is a children's poetry book for primary aged children. This book is written as a conversation between two people. The shape of the poems goes along with each person alternates lines and then say some together, it is color coordinated according to which person says which line. The theme is two people taking turns reading to each other hence the title. The language used is simple and easy to understand. All of the poems are verses. I gave You Read to Me, I'll Read to You two stars because it is a mediocre book at best. The verses are uninteresting. The illustrations correspond to the text however, do not grab my attention mostly because there is a significant lack of bold or bright color. While reading I did not feel compelled to even look at the illustrations. I think the repetition at the end of each poem would be appealing to children simply because it includes them in the reading. In a classroom setting I would use this book as a reading lesson. I would have the children practice their reading skills by pairing them up and assigning a color to each child to read aloud in turn." said.

"Summary/Review: The book contains short little stories presented in a poetry format. The most interesting feature would be how the poems are meant for two voices. Reading it by yourself is nowhere near as fun than it would be reading with a friend. Switching off voices and reading the pats keep the poem flowing and makes it much more amusing. Uses in classroom: 1. Introduction to poetry 2.Students can pair up with another student and develop their own poems meant for two voices. 3. For more of a challenge, students can pair up into groups of three and develop poems for three voices. Paired Books: Runny Babbit, You read to me, I 19ll read to you: Very Short Fairytales Quote: 1COops Oh, my! She got away! She 19s in the mud! Her coat is gray! She 19s dirtier than yesterday! 1D" said.

"This book has been around for a little while yet it has not lost its delight to new generations of young readers. I tutor primary-aged children in reading and math. For those struggling with reading, this book helps to bring reading to a fun level, encouraging those children to read and be a part of a team of readers. I, the tutor, read part and the child reads the other part. The sentences are colored so that one chooses to read the purple and the other gets the red. Both then read the blue together. Each double-page spread is a poem or a play that gives the child confidence and a taste of fun that can be had while reading. The sentences or phrases are short with plenty of repetition, rhythm and rhyme.

I am working with a child right now who loves to read "I Like" every time she comes to a tutoring session. It is the first thing she wants to do.

The artwork is so full of detail. You want to look everywhere to see what may be hiding behind a window's edge or on the shelf. Michael Emberley used a ballpoint pen, watercolor paint and pastels. His artwork adds to the delight of this book for both the young and the older reader.

Reading Level: 4 - 8 Years

Fifteen weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List
Notable Book, American Library Association
A Best Book, 2001, Chicago Parent
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"In the tradition of Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman, but with simpler words for early readers, this is a collection of poems meant to be shared between a child and an adult. The color-coded text indicates when the readers speak separately, and when they read in unison, and the short poems discuss many childhood concepts, while also introducing rhyme, rhythm, meter, and repetition. Michael Emberley's illustrations portray warmth, coziness, and humor , and they provide visual cues that enhance what is described in each poem.

The refrain, "You read to me, I'll read to you," is repeated throughout this book, which keeps the theme running through every page. Some of the poems themselves include silly concepts (a snake named Jill or a snoring bear, for example), while others focus on conversation, including a telephone call, and a meeting between two new friends. The repetition of the reading theme wore on me after a while, but the concept is wonderful, and has luckily been expanded into a series which includes You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together, You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together, and You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together.

Here are just a couple of my favorite snippets from the book. I tried to maintain the color scheme for the different speaking parts as best I could, but the format would be difficult to replicate here. I especially love the way each poem sounds like conversations actual children have in their day-to-day lives. The writing here seems simple, but there is a lot going on!

From "New Friends"

Well, let's be friends.
I'd like that fine.
Now you're my friend.
And you are mine.
Do you know how to read?
Do you?
I asked you first.
I can.
Me too.
Well, if we both can read,
let's do!
You read to me!
I'll read to you!

From "I Like"

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!

I really recommend this book to families with new readers. It would be especially neat to buy this book for a pair of siblings, where one is a strong reader and the other is just starting out. For another great book edited by Mary Ann Hoberman, and including much of her poetry, also check out The Tree That Time Built.
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