Yael Manor is ‘60 years old, a math teacher for 35 years in high school, coach, mother of four children and grandmother of two.
Two of her children are twins - a son and daughter and my grandchildren are also twins - a boy and girl. It was only natural for me to use my imagination on my experiences with twins.’ And this is the second in what hopefully will be a continuing series of books as fine as the first two – about the idiosyncrasies encountered by twins. Yael Manor’s writing style is delightful and her stories are enhanced by the illustrations of Anahit Aleqsanyan.
Of the twins, Ethan does not like to brush his teeth while Emma happily brushes both day and night. Ethan is vocal about his loathing for the dental hygiene process though his mother warns him that bacteria will eventually destroy his teeth. Despite reinforcement from his father who informs him that all his relatives brush, Ethan balks – instead asking for a cookie, and of course his mother attempts to bargain stating he may have a cookie only if he brushes. One night Ethan (without brushing) has a dream where he is all alone in a forest – a forest of toothbrushes of every shape and size - and they admonish Ethan to brush, one reason being that his breath stinks! All of the toothbrushes plea with him to brush and suddenly Ethan awakens and asks his mother for a toothbrush. He brushes with every sort of toothbrush manifested in his dream and settles on one that has flashing lights. Ethan from now on will brush his teeth regularly and with gusto.
Yael Manor has taken on a recurring dilemma with teaching children to brush their teeth and made a fun story with the fantasy of a dream included. It works very well and likely will improve the habits of all children who read this charmer of a book. Grady Harp, November 13