Twin to Twin

Twin to Twin

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by Margaret O'Hair
     
 

Double born.
Twice the blessing.
Double kids.
Twice the messing.

Twins mean double the kisses and double the fun. It's double the joy for everyone!

Overview

Double born.
Twice the blessing.
Double kids.
Twice the messing.

Twins mean double the kisses and double the fun. It's double the joy for everyone!

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Thierry Courtin's illustrations of androgynous redheaded boy and girl twins (hair bows are the visible difference) are charming, and include lots of objects toddlers can recognize, like trucks and ducks and teddy bears. — Rebecca Boggs Roberts
Publishers Weekly
O'Hair, making her debut, and French artist Courtin tell their whole story on the first spread: "Double born./ Twice the blessing./ Double kids./ Twice the messing." First shown as infants, the redheaded boy-girl duo graduates to toddlerhood by the third spread. Their mischievous maturity, as well as the structure of a single day, makes possible a host of different adventures-from catching ladybugs to pillow fights. All this activity, however, starts to blur together, and never quite compensates for the pictures' never-varying straight-on perspective, or the repetitive rhyming ("Double rolling/ down the hill./ Double Band-Aids/ when they spill"). Still, Courtin's digital artwork creates considerable visual pull. He works in the bright, comic colors of the classic Tintin books, and renders his stars on a large scale, so that their eager expressions (and, in one case, the boy's bare bottom) draw readers into every spread. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Having twins? Along with your buying spree to prepare for them, choose this book to read to your other children. In the briefest of verses and the cutest of pictures, it nails the blessings and stresses of the double life you are about to enter. "Double born/ Twice the blessing./ Double kids/ Twice the messing. Double babies' blankies, binkies/ double diapers, clean or stinkies." The book leads you through the days of infancy and toddling with precious pictures of a boy and girl engaged in all the activities of daily living, from eating to singing to trucks to baths. "Double splashing in the tub/ Double bubbles. Double Scrub." Double fun all the way through. The illustrations are "rendered as digital art," but you'd never know�they are charming and full of personality. "Mirror double/ Peek and see/ Am I you?/ Or are you me?" Get ready, your world of doubles is about to begin. 2003, McElderry, Ages 2 to 6.
— Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
PreS-A bouncy text and appealing cartoon artwork provide a lighthearted glimpse at the busy lives of a brother-and-sister duo. The diaper-clad babes are introduced with gentle humor: "Double born./Twice the blessing./Double kids./Twice the messing." As buoyant as the staccato rhymes that describe them, the siblings are soon on the move, learning to walk and talk and encountering a range of experiences that will be familiar territory for most preschoolers. It's twice the fun, as they play with toys, enjoy time spent outdoors, eat a meal, and share a bath. At bedtime, after being tucked in by their smiling parents, the youngsters close their eyes, "Double tired/from all their play./Double dreams/for their next day." The colorful digital illustrations echo the breezy tone of the text. The layout is uncluttered and the action is set against clean pastel and white backgrounds. With orange hair, circle-shaped heads, and sketched-in features, the children resemble one another closely, but are also easily identifiable as individuals. An enjoyable romp.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689844942
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
170,189
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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Double born.
Twice the blessing.

Double kids.
Twice the messing.

Twins mean double the kisses and double the fun. It's double the joy for everyone!

Meet the Author

Margaret O'Hair has her master's degree in education and is a teacher in northern California, where she lives with her family and her Portuguese Water Dog, Shelby. Her two children, born a little over a year apart, were the inspiration for Twin to Twin, her first book.

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Twin to Twin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 17 month old boy/girl twins. I always read the pages and then point to the boy and say my boys name and point to the girl and say my girls name. They get such a kick out of it! Love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This delightful book gives us a peek into what parents of twins are up against. Even early readers will enjoy its short and sweet verse: ¿Double shirts. Double jeans. Belly buttons in between.¿ And the illustrations are so cute! TWIN TO TWIN is a fun read. We hope to see more of Margaret O¿Hair¿s and Thierry Courtin¿s work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this delightful book for a mother expecting twins but had to buy one for myself. The simple rhyme is right to the point and brought an out-loud chuckle to this experienced mom. As a primary teacher, I will also use this book to enchant my students with the power of perfect word choice. The illustrator, far away in France, was right on with the magic and movement of childhood. Every parent and grandparent needs this book for bedtime read alouds. Well done Margaret O'Hair!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twin to Twin is charming! Twins and their parents will love this book, but everyone will enjoy sharing the fun with these two adorable kids. It's the joy of babyhood times two!