Ling & Ting Not Exactly the Same

February 22nd, children and parents meet for our Easy Reader Book Club. This month we will discuss Grace Lin’s book Ling & Ting Not Exactly the Same! Here are some of the reviews for this title:

From Booklist

Sisters Ling  and Ting  may be twins, but that doesn’t mean they’re “exactly the same ,” no matter what everyone says upon first meeting them. Children will come to their own conclusions after reading the  six short, interconnected stories that make up this pleasing book  for beginning readers. In the  first chapter, “The  Haircuts,” Ling  sneezes while her bangs are being cut, and for a while at least, it’s easy to tell the  twins apart. The  chapters that follow reveal distinct differences in the  sisters’ personalities, inclinations, and abilities. Despite those differences, in the  end each girl subtly affirms her affection for the  other. Framed with narrow borders, the  paintings illustrate the  stories with restrained lines, vivid colors, and clarity. The  chapters often end with mildly humorous turns, from a neat play on words to a smack-your-heard obvious solution to an apparently impossible dilemma. These endings, as well as bits of comic byplay that occur in the  brief framework vignettes, will suit the  target audience beautifully. Lin, whose previous books include Dim Sum for Everyone (2001) and the  2010 Newbery Honor Book  Where the  Mountain Meets the  Moon (2009), shows her versatility once again in an original book  that tells its story clearly while leaving room for thought and discussion. — Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 05-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 106, number 17, p85)

Grace Lin’s website may be found here.