Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Funny twins serve up smiles in third book.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Simple lessons touch on planting a garden, red's significance in Chinese culture, collaborative storytelling, and even the lack of sound in space.

 

Positive Messages

Being silly is best when you have someone to share the fun. 

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The girls are very close and attentive to each other. They cheerfully support and teach each other and are never frustrated or annoyed. 

 

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What 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. 

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What's the story?

This collection features six fun stories. In the first, Ting tries to grow cupcakes in the garden. Then she exuberantly paints Ling's toys and ends up painting herself, too. Ting devises an elaborate plan to pick apples, requiring help from a monkey, a penguin, and worms, but Ling shows her an easier way. Ling responds to her sister's antics with good-natured laughter and joins in the jokes; Ling gets the punch line in a how-high-can-you-swing game. They even try to see if they can read each other's minds. In the final story, the twins work together on a story but vow, "It will not be silly." They incorporate elements of their early adventures in their writing, and it isn't silly -- it's very, very silly, just like the twins.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being silly. With whom do you like to be silly?

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  • Does being silly help you feel better or help you cheer up a friend?

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  • Write a very silly story together.

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