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SUBTITLE:  Very Short Stories to Read Together

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

Mary Ann Hoberman is a former Children’s Poet Laureate and a winner of the National Book Award. While the Children’s Poet Laureate, Ms. Hoberman visited numerous classrooms and libraries, introducing both children and adults to the joys of reading and memorizing poetry. She is the author of more than forty books for children, including All Kinds of Families! and this award-winning “You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You” series which includes these other one:“You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You Very Short Scary Tales,” “…Very Short Tall Tales,” “…Very Short Fables,” “…Very Short Fairy Tales,” “…Very Short Mother Goose.”  Her website is
She can also be found @

Michael Emberley is the creator of the highly acclaimed picture books Ruby and its sequel, Ruby and the Sniffs;Welcome Back SunDinosaurs!; and Mail Harry to the Moon!   Having grown up in a family of writers and artists, he is an avid reader and comic book fan. A native of New England, Mr. Emberley now lives in Ireland.  He can be found @

Book Information:  

  • ISBN-13: 9780316363501
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Originally reviewed 3-5-2015.



I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 73 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.


    1. Ayan, there are several of these Read to Me books. This one is the best, in my opinion, but there is one on fairy tales, one on scary tales, fables, tall tales, and Mother Goose.


    1. Yes, this one is great!! for an emergent reader because they get some help as well as reading together at points. There are about 5 or 6 of these books. I listed them on someone else’s comment earlier today. They are of fables, tall tales, fairy tales, scary tales, and maybe another one.


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