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Twins!
     

Twins!

by Elaine Scott, Margaret Miller (Photographer)
 
This warm and informative look at the lives of a few young twins, both identical and fraternal, explores some of the special joys and difficulties of being a twin. An author's note should help parents explain the miracle of twins to curious children. Full-color photos.

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This warm and informative look at the lives of a few young twins, both identical and fraternal, explores some of the special joys and difficulties of being a twin. An author's note should help parents explain the miracle of twins to curious children. Full-color photos.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janet Morgan Stoeke
The idea of twins surprises us all. But if you are only three or four, it can be very perplexing. This tidy book allows youngsters an inside peek at what it's like to be a twin. All important questions about twins are addressed, from sharing birthdays to telling them apart, in clear, simple language. In a separate typeface, the author poses questions to the listener, engaging him in the real life of a twin: "Would you want the same birthday present as your brother?" Illustrating this book with photography was the only right way to do it. Somehow we almost don't believe it when we see identical twins. And the pictures are bright, clear images that show both the sameness and the very important differences that all twins hold dear.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--Welcome to a world in which there is "twice as much fun, twice as much work, and twice as much love to go around." With a simple text and large, full-color pictures, this appealing photo-essay introduces several young twins and their families. Scott clarifies the difference between identical and fraternal twins, touches on the feelings of older siblings, explains that some twins like to dress alike while others prefer different clothing, stresses the importance of time alone with a parent, and makes it clear that it is just as difficult for twins to learn to share as it is for other children. The even-handed tone and occasional questions will make readers feel involved in the text. A note to parents offers more information and suggestions for using the book with youngsters. Personalities and relationships come shining through in Miller's crystal-clear portraits and action shots. The images are framed with colored borders and set against pleasing pastel backgrounds with subtle graphic patterns in slightly darker shades. With its emphasis on the idea that all children are unique, this eye-catching celebration of multiples makes a good choice for family sharing.--Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
A picture book on twinship, for "singletons" wondering what it would be like to have a double, and for all those puzzling out what it means to share, for fraternal twins, a birth date, and for identical twins, so many other features. Miller's large full-color photographs work best to display the ways twins do and don't look alike, and to show their roles in the family. Scott discusses the concerns other siblings have with twins in the family, and the importance of treating children who are twins as individuals. A lengthy afterword instructs adults in how to use the book, and, for parents of twins, in how to field intrusive questions. No explanation of where twins come from appears in the body of the book, although Scott includes several explanations for adults to try out, and refers them to another children's book on the subject. A fussy layout and a typographical treatment that arbitrarily emphasizes words in the text do not detract from the smiling faces of the brothers and sisters in these pages. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689803475
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.28(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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