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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Simple lessons touch on planting a garden, red's significance in Chinese culture, collaborative storytelling, and even the lack of sound in space.
Being silly is best when you have someone to share the fun.
Positive Role Models
The girls are very close and attentive to each other. They cheerfully support and teach each other and are never frustrated or annoyed.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly is a fun, easy-to-read collection of six short stories. Straightforward text, bright colors, and lots of giggles make it a charming first chapter book for beginning readers. This is Grace Lin's third book featuring the cheerful Chinese-American twins, who look nearly identical but have distinctive personalities.
Is It Any Good?
LING & TING: TWICE AS SILLY is an engaging book to entice beginning readers to try longer stories. Each short story rewards readers with a funny punch line, a sure way to motivate kids to try reading on their own. Author-illustrator Grace Lin's brightly colored paintings are full of sweet details, such the girls' matching outfits and mismatched shoes and Ting's cupcake garden markers.
There are moments of touching empathy, too: Ting is crestfallen when her cupcakes don't sprout, and Ling regards her with growing concern as she watches the garden in vain. This book celebrates sisters, best friends, and partners in mischief -- and the delight to be had with creativity and imagination.
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