You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You:
Very Short Fables to Read Together
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers • 2010 • 32 pages • ISBN: 978-0-3160-4117-1
Illustrated by Michael Emberley
Mary Ann Hoberman and Michael Emberley have added Aesop’s fables to their bestselling and award-winning series! Rediscover familiar tales and find new favorites in this irresistible fifth “You Read to Me” collaboration. These stories of classic characters-from wise ants and kind mice to sly foxes and hungry wolves-are fables as you’ve never seen them before!
With clear, color-coded typography and clever illustrations, this book “in two voices” uses traditional reading teaching techniques-alliteration, rhyme, and repetition-to invite young children to read along with peers or with an adult.
The Horn Book
“Children’s poet laureate Hoberman is really the master of unforced rhyme … and Emberley’s pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are as consistently spry as the poems.”
“Emberley’s pencil and watercolor spot illustrations bring fresh energy to the classic tales as well as a softening tone: the Hare and the Tortoise race on bicycles (the Hare wears spandex), and the golden-egg laying goose has a button-up chest, ensuring that the farmer doesn’t have to use his knife. The jaunty rhymes and theatrical element of adopting a persona should spark enthusiasm from reluctant readers.”
“Repeats the earlier books’ winning formula … All are retold simply and engagingly and are illustrated with lively spot illustrations.”
Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
“The latest installment from [the] wildly successful series…the text is delivered in punchy, color-coded typography that makes abundant use of repetition and rhyme to bring the stories to readaloud life. Emberley’s playful illustrations provide fresh interpretations of many of the tales.”
School Library Journal
“The familiar tales are told with gentle humor, and Emberley’s pencil-and-watercolor illustrations bring personality and life to the animal characters…a solid pick for most picture-book collections.”