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Ling & Ting Share a Birthday (Passport to Reading: Level 3) Hardcover – September 10, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Series: Passport to Reading: Level 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316184055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316184052
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–Ling and Ting are back, applying their problem-solving skills and thinking exactly like real six-year-olds. The table of contents cleverly displays the titles of the six stories on layers of a luscious, pink cake. A single theme links the chapters, with such familiar birthday topics as gifts, baking, and wishes. When a gift of of new shoes arrives, each girl wears one from the red pair and one from the green so that they are dressed alike. One successful birthday cake and one burnt cake–no problem. Ling cuts hers in half to share with her twin. And when one of Ling's candles remains lit, Ting blows out hers and wishes that her sister will have a wish, too. The gouache rendering of the twins has a nostalgic charm, and Lin creates an innocent world in which children shop, bake, and move about town without adult intervention. Even though this is a short and simple early chapter book, the characters are fully developed and distinct, and children should be encouraged to infer the protagonists' traits. An excellent stand-alone purchase or addition for libraries already familiar with these endearing sisters.–Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

In six related stories, twins Ting and Ling celebrate a birthday and unexpectedly find themselves sharing their party shoes, gifts, wishes, and cakes with each other along the way. At some point each girl makes a mistake that brings her close to tears, but her twin steps in to set things straight. Simply written and engaging, the brief stories are well suited to beginning readers. Inspired by “1950s children’s textbook illustrations,” Lin’s clearly delineated gouache paintings perfectly capture the straightforward, childlike tone of the text. This quiet yet playful book is an appealing addition to the Ling & Ting series. Grades K-2. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

Hello! Thanks so much for your interest in me and my books!

I grew up in Upstate NY with my parents and 2 sisters, whom are featured in many of my books, including "Dim Sum For Everyone!" and my novels, "The Year of the Dog" and "The Year of the Rat." My mother and I were the star characters in my first book, "The Ugly Vegetables"--I cut both my sisters out of that story! They were quite upset with me and made me promise never to cut them out again. And since then, I haven't...yet.

While many of my books highlight my family, not all of them do. My Newbery Honor-winning novel "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," is an Asian inspired fantasy that some people call a Chinese 'Wizard of Oz,' and my early reader "Ling & Ting" is inspired by the old 'Flicka, Dicka & Ricka' books I read when I was young.

I hope you enjoy my books. Please visit my website: for more info about them (behind the scene stories and pictures) as well as other amusing anecdotes!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kiperoo on October 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The timing couldn't have been better for this new Ling & Ting book! My twin girls just turned six, and they absolutely LOVED this present. They are huge fans of the other Ling & Ting book (Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same), but I think they liked this one even more. They loved all the stories, and they thought the ending was so funny. Yay for Ling & Ting!
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My daughter does not like to read books because she finds it difficult, but as soon as she received this book, she read the entire book. That is awesome!!! Hope there will be more of these books!!
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By Debnance at Readerbuzz on September 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have a Ling & Ting book or two on my library shelves, but today is the first day I actually sat down and read one. I like Ling & Ting. Gentle. Kind. Surprising. Now I can heartily recommend Ling & Ting to children at my school.
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