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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Series: Passport to Reading: Level 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031602452X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316024525
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 2 Lin brings her talents to these charming stories about Chinese-American twins who like to stick together but are not as alike as everyone thinks. The six short chapters are the perfect length for beginning readers. In the first story, the girls get haircuts. Ting moves her legs and her fingers. Ting can never sit still. When her snipped hair falls on her nose, she sneezes and the barber cuts a little too much off her bangs. The simple illustrations follow this mishap throughout the book, making the sisters easily identifiable. In the other vignettes, Ling and Ting make very different dumplings, Ling cannot eat with chopsticks no matter how hard Ting tries to teach her, and they visit the library. Each story ends with an amusing punch line that will make readers laugh. The last chapter ties all of the tales together, showing the fun and friendship that the girls share. This relationship, combined with the simple sentence structure, repetitive text, and straightforward illustrations that reinforce new vocabulary words, will put this easy reader in the same category as Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad books (HarperCollins). Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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*Starred Review* Sisters Ling and Ting may be twins, but that doesn’t mean they’re “exactly the same,” no matter what everyone says upon first meeting them. Children will come to their own conclusions after reading the six short, interconnected stories that make up this pleasing book for beginning readers. In the first chapter, “The Haircuts,” Ling sneezes while her bangs are being cut, and for a while at least, it’s easy to tell the twins apart. The chapters that follow reveal distinct differences in the sisters’ personalities, inclinations, and abilities. Despite those differences, in the end each girl subtly affirms her affection for the other. Framed with narrow borders, the paintings illustrate the stories with restrained lines, vivid colors, and clarity. The chapters often end with mildly humorous turns, from a neat play on words to a smack-your-heard obvious solution to an apparently impossible dilemma. These endings, as well as bits of comic byplay that occur in the brief framework vignettes, will suit the target audience beautifully. Lin, whose previous books include Dim Sum for Everyone (2001) and the 2010 Newbery Honor Book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009), shows her versatility once again in an original book that tells its story clearly while leaving room for thought and discussion. Grades 1-2. --Carolyn Phelan

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It was just right for a story for her mommy to read to her.
Overall, this is an excellent book and most certainly should be including in any reading library.
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My 4 and 6 year old love to read this book over and over again.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you want to gauge the merit of a children's author it's easy as pie. Simply hand them a piece of paper and a pencil. Sit them down in a comfortable chair in front of a table. Now ask them to create a good easy-to-read book for children. I am personally convinced that this is probably the most difficult thing you can ask an author to do. Harder than asking them to write a romantic vampire novel. Harder than a child-friendly mystery series. Easy books (I should say GOOD easy books) are an acquired talent. Some authors whip them out so easily it shocks the senses (see: Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books). Others struggle with the format. When I heard that author Grace Lin, master of the novel, the early chapter book, and the picture book, was trying her hand at the easy reader format I was concerned. Past success is no indication of future talent. Could she pull it off? She could. Grace Lin has given us Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!, a book in the same vein as your Frog and Toad or Amelia Bedelia tales. Which is to say, a future classic.

Six very short stories tell tales about these twin girls. Ling and Ting look alike and sound alike (and sometimes even dress alike) but they are not exactly the same, in spite of the world claiming the contrary. Case in point is the story "The Haircuts" which tells the tale of how calm Ling gets her haircut without any fuss or bother, whereas fidgety Ting cannot sit still.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erin E. Kono on July 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of LING & TING. It's a delightful set of stories that illustrate the differences and affections between twin sisters. My four year old connected beautifully with the book. While not a twin, she delighted in the character's differences and related them to herself. Now when we do her hair and she fidgets she is "being just like Ting" or when she's being particularly tidy, she identifies with Ling. It's been a great addition to our library.
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Format: Hardcover
Ling and Ting toting popcorn and drinks in preparation for the entertainment to follow. One sister says, "Shh! It is starting!" and the other says, "Oh no! Are we late?" --- an appropriately delightful introduction to these tales, which are liberally and charmingly illustrated by author Grace Lin.

In the first story, a visit to the barber for a haircut reveals how much the twins look alike (at least, temporarily) and how much they are different from each other. The girls themselves are constantly pointing this out. When the people around them say, "You two are exactly the same!" they reply, "We are not exactly the same." Because Ling can sit still, her haircut is quite different from antsy Ting's, who gets a little something extra in her new hairdo.

In the next story, a magic trick goes awry...which not only is good for a laugh, but sets up the punchline for an amusing joke later on. As Ling and Ting collaborate on a batch of dumplings in another story, Ling rolls out the dough while Ting mixes up the filling. They muse that the little pastries are supposed to resemble old Chinese money. So they take extra care with their dumplings. They make a big batch, hoping that will mean lots of money. Like the young cooks themselves, the dumplings made by one girl are not quite the same as the ones made by her sister. Putting her imagination and humor on display, Ting invents nicknames for their "not exactly the same" products.

Story four is called "Chopsticks." One sister has no problem using chopsticks. She comes up with funny solutions for her struggling sister (glue? tying food on?), who finds her own solution, which manages to be unexpected, wholly rational and humorous all at the same time.
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Format: Paperback
I have to tell you that I got quite a kick out of this little well written and well illustrated book. We have several sets of twins in our family and the author certainly knows her subject matter.

This is a small collection, six in all, of short little stories featuring a set of twins; Ling and Tine. This work is a recipient of the Theodor Seusse Geisel Honor Award and rightfully so. It is an absolute delight. The book is as easy read (The word count is 857. Guided reading level is K and the Number of Dolch Sight Words is 108). Each short story features the adventures of two very close twin girls of oriental origin.

The word play is wonderful and kids with catch on quite quickly. The author has interlocked the stories to a certain extent which will be just enough of a challenge to the little ones to make it interesting for them. Being able to relate one story to the next, or at least the ability to do this, is an important part of the reading and learning process. This work is ideal for that.

These are two independent little girls who actually think for themselves. I love the way these two interact. Like the entire line of Passport to Reading books, this one has been designated a certain level. In this case it is a three which means that it can be read independently by the targeted age group.

I like the way the author has made the point that even though these are identical twins, they are indeed different!

"At diner, Ling cannot eat.

`Chopsticks are tricky,' Ling says.

`They are hard to use.'

`Chopsticks are not tricky,' Ting says.

`They are not hard to use.'

`Chopsticks are hard for me to use,'

Ling says. `I cannot eat. My food falls off my chopsticks.
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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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