Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same


We all love having fun, but wouldn’t it be great to somehow double your fun with the simple flip of a page? You can…when you read about twins Ling and Ting in Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same, by Grace Lin.

In the book, Ling and Ting are so identical, everybody says they’re exactly the same. But Ling and Ting know that isn’t true. They may be twins but they’re not exactly the same, and they have fun showing people just how wrong they are. For example, Ling likes doing magic tricks, while Ting likes to watch. Ting likes using chopsticks, while Ling likes using a fork. And both girls love going to the barber, but Ling sits proper and still, while Ting’s squirming makes the barber snip off too much hair.

I think it’s safe to say they’re not exactly the same.

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same is a bubbly little book with six “guaranteed-to-make-you-giggle” stories for the burgeoning independent reader. Each story’s plot is as easy to follow as the short, age-appropriate sentences contained within them. The author uses just the right pace to keep the stories moving nicely, and the publisher uses the perfect bold, oversized font to make sure reading this treasure is soft and easy on the eye.

No wonder this book won the coveted Theodore Seuss Geisel “Dr. Seuss” Honor. It’s both fun and informative, with extra perks like offering parents and teachers an exact word count, grade level and Dolch Sight Word count. And FYI, the illustrations are a picture book lover’s delight, with warm, kid-friendly faces that are just plain fun to look at. How great is that?

So whether your emerging reader enjoys this book alone or you read it with him/her at lap time, the fun begins on page one and quickly “doubles” from there.

Best wishes and happy reading,

Rita Lorraine


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