Friday, September 24, 2010
Poetry Friday: You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
Here's a book
Of Aesop's Fables,
Tales where turtles
Turn the tables,
Tales with lions,
Tales with mice,
Tales where ants
Give good advice.
(to read the rest of the poem, you'll have to get your own copy of the book!)
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together
by Mary Ann Hoberman
illustrated by Michael Emberley
Little, Brown and Company, 2010
review copy provided by the publisher
At ALA last June, I got the chance to tell Mary Ann Hoberman that she is a rock star in my classroom. On Poetry Fridays, her You Read to Me, I'll Read to You books are the most popular books on the poetry shelf in my classroom. And why not? They are so fun, and perfectly designed for buddy reading. They are easy enough for struggling readers to figure out, and easy enough for confident readers to read with dramatic expression. They are well enough known that sometimes the audience joins in the performance!
This newest volume is a welcome addition to the set. The fables Hoberman chose to include are well-known or have an easily-understood moral. Emberley's illustrations start telling a story of their own from the title page on. Fun, fun, fun!
There's more fun to be had today at the Poetry Friday Round Up. Karen, at The Blog With the Shockingly Clever Title, is hosting today.