Ling & Ting: Not Exactly The Same


Everyone thinks twin sisters Ling and Ting are the same. Yes, they wear the same clothes, yest they have the same brown eyes, yes, they have dark brown hair. But Ling and Ting insist they are not the same. One is a magician, one forgets the trick; one can use chopsticks, the other can't; and so on ...

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This brightly-colored easy reader shows two sisters in a very positive light and with a nice dose of humor. This is a book that can easily be enjoyed by younger audiences not ready to read themselves.

Content Awareness Factors:

Because the intended audience is developing readers (second grade) the sentences are short. At times it is very stilted and kids will sound like reading robots.

Young Reader Reaction

My daughter laughed at the first story (about the haircuts) and giggled at the chopstick story, but generally she just read through the story and moved on. She liked the colorful illustrations, and the girls reminded her of two friends who are Chinese twins, but didn't even think they'd like the book.

Parent Reaction

This is very clever, but it disappointed me. I L-O-V-E Grace Lin, but found the stories had much richer potential than the easy-reader/stilted narrative. The references in later stories to events from a previous one helps tie them together, but if you read this with younger kids as individual stories, they may not make those connections.

Type of Book:
This is a set of six stories for children learning to read who are ready to move to short stories.
Educational Themes:

Individually or collectively, the stories can be used as part of a discussion about family life, including Twins and sisters; helping each other; and culture. The humor (e.g., gluing food to chopsticks) lets kids see that laughter can work better than frustration and anger.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 9
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The stories are worth sharing, but this isn't probably a book you'd keep for your life-time library.

Title Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same
Author Grace Lin
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2010
Illustrators Grace Lin
ISBN 9780316024525
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.99
Genres Family
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