You Read to Me, I'll Read to You captured my heart when my son brought it home from school this week. (Yay for second-grade teachers who send home books!) Written by the poet Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Michael Emberley, the picture book for beginning readers consists of Very Short Stories to Read Together. Each story is written in rhyming couplets for two people to alternate "stanzas" or read in harmony; color-coded text an its place on the page make it clear who is supposed to read what. Twelve lively pieces, plus an introduction and a conclusion, make up the book, which celebrates companionship and the joy of reading together. Michael Emberley's humorous art work adds just the right touch.
Here's an example from "The Snowman," which begins,
Hi Ho! Hi Ho!
The world is white!
Hi Ho! Hi Ho!
It snowed last night!
Under copyright fair use considerations, I can quote a few lines but not more than that. However, you can check out "The Two Mice," from the same book, at Mary Ann Hoberman's web site, and if your vision is better than mine, read one of the stories in its entirety.
There are a number of other books in this series, including Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together and Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together. I'm new to these books, but I gather that they began with John Ciardi and Edward Gorey's You Read to Me, I'll Read to You back in 1962. What a pair! I can't wait until tomorrow's trip to the library.