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Hello Twins Hardcover – May 9, 2006

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PreSchool-K–In this autobiographical story, readers meet two siblings who are nothing alike. Simon loves to eat and always cleans his plate, but Charlotte would rather suck her thumb and daydream. Even when the twins share a common interest, they take their own approach. Both love books–Simon looks at the pictures, while Charlotte enjoys enhancing the pages with a few pictures of her own. When they take their toys for a stroll, Charlotte pushes the baby carriage gently, but Simon propels it forward with a jolt, ejecting a doll and stuffed animal. Despite their differences, however, they like each other just the way they are. The lithesome watercolor-and-ink illustrations are amusing and consistently expand the simple text. The twins and the objects they play with are drawn with thick lines embellished with splashes of vivid paint, and the large images fill the pages. The heavy cream-colored paper makes a cozy backdrop for the action, and the book's clean design keeps attention focused on the endearing characters and their relationship. A charming addition to the oeuvre of twin tales that focuses on individuality as well as unity.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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PreS. In appealing, elemental words and pictures, Voake introduces twins who are "not like each other at all." At mealtimes, Simon polishes off his plate with gusto, while Charlotte ignores her food and sucks her thumb. Charlotte likes to build tall towers; Simon likes to knock them down. The words are basic, but the message is clear: the twins may "do everything differently," but they "like each other just the way they are." Voake echoes the intensity of the twins' separate-but-together bond in spare spreads that set the twins and their toys against plain, cream-colored backgrounds--no parents, no furniture, no outside world. The swooping painted lines and soft color washes extend the sense of active play and warm emotion. All kids, not just twins, will find the messages about individuality and accepting differences reassuring, and they'll easily recognize Charlotte's and Simon's familiar activities, including a few slyly naughty ones (Charlotte crayons bright pictures across a book's pages). Pair this with Wendy Cheyette Lewison's Two Is for Twins, reviewed on page 50. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763630039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763630034
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on April 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My twins love this book. The illustrations are colorful and cheery and the text actually fits them well. This is the first book about girl-boy twins that I have encountered, and since people frequently refer to my twins as "The Twins", they were instantly interested in a book called "Hello Twins".

While there is little character development and the text is simplistic, the book does cover a wide range of activities that toddlers can relate to (building towers, knocking them down, staring out the window). It does a good job capturing the everyday activities of toddlers (twin toddlers!). In effect, the book is less about Simon and Charlotte and more about what they do. So, the underlying message and conclusion about them loving each other despite their differences is not really supported throughout the text in a meaningful way.

It is always fun to find a book that applies to your own children. So, I really enjoy it. That said, I do not know if this book would be as interesting for parents of singletons (unless, of course, they were purchasing it for a friend who has twins of their own).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aimee Anderson on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book in a Parents Magazine at the doctor's office one day and searched for it at bookstores, couldn't find it and then ordered it on Amazon. Needless to say, I was hoping for more! I was very disappointed because there is very little writing and no comic expression. The graphics are so so and all in all the lesson or moral of the story was: "no matter how different we may be, we will always love one another." That is the entire book in a nutshell....I felt it was not worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kirkfield VINE VOICE on October 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
Kinetic, bold watercolors by this Welsh author-artist seem more likely to appeal to adults over children. The message--advocating individuality--is a positive one, yet implies that twins must be different in virtually every way (not true). Siblings coexisting together happily is certainly preferable to fighting--and I applaud Ms. Voake's celebration of her relationship with her own twin brother, Simon--but overall, I think I would be more apt to appreciate her artwork in a gallery than in this book.
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By Judyth on February 15, 2012
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I was so happy to find this book! I teach preschool 3-4 year olds and I had never seen a book written about twins. This year we have three sets of twins in our class and three sets of twins in another 3 year old class. Thank you for your reccomendations. It is a fun way of explaining about twins, how they are the same and how they differ.
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By T. Stubblefield on January 18, 2011
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This is a cute book that my 8 month olds will sit and listen to. But mostly I like it a whole lot. It is about boy/girl twins that are nothing alike, but love each other the way they are. My boy/girl twins already show so many differences that I felt this book could have been written about them.
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