LING & TING by Grace Lin
Kirkus Star

LING & TING

Not Exactly the Same!
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Newbery Honor author Lin makes a stunning entrée into the world of early readers. The first of six short stories introduces identical Chinese-American twins Ling and Ting, who always wear matching patterned dresses. The similarities soon end after the girls visit the barber. While Ling sits still, fidgety Ting sneezes, causing the barber to lop off too much of her bangs. As the girls perform magic tricks and head to the library, young readers will begin to focus more on Ling and Ting’s different personalities and less on their identical faces. The author introduces Chinese cultural elements as Ling and Ting make dumplings and try out chopsticks. Imbued with humor only a sibling could get away with, the episodes build on one another until the final chapter, featuring a picnic with the author’s now-trademark cupcakes, serves as a funny summary of the twins’ tales. Vibrant gouache paintings also extend each story, emphasizing the sisterly warmth that prevails even when the two don't see exactly eye to eye. This spot-on depiction of twins celebrates individuality. (Early reader. 6-9)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-316-02452-5
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2010




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