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Twin Tales : The Magic and Mystery of Multiple Birth Hardcover – April 1, 2001

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-Jackson blends scientific facts with interesting personal anecdotes to create an informative and intriguing look at twins. The text is clearly written, and the tone remains lively throughout. Separate chapters on identical and fraternal twins present a clear idea of the differences and similarities between these sibling sets. Other subjects include conception and birth, multiple births, and nature/nurture studies of twins separated at an early age. The final chapter is a bit of a catchall, as it discusses stories of twins who faced unusual circumstances (e.g., a brother and sister born months apart), animal twins, twin brothers who married twin sisters, and twin survivors of the Holocaust. Throughout, the author peppers the text with easy-to-understand explanations, updates from the latest scientific research, and the gripping personal stories of twins and their parents. Quotes and family photographs bring these individuals to life. One- or two-page "Profiles" highlight such topics as twins in ancient cultures, the annual International Twins Day Festival, and Eng and Chang Bunker ("the original `Siamese' twins"). The numerous, well-captioned, full-color and black-and-white photographs spread around the edges of the pages give the book an open look and will catch the attention of browsers. Written for a younger audience than Daniel Jussim's Double Take (Viking, 2001), this title will appeal to both report writers and children who are interested in learning more about this fascinating subject.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal

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Gr. 5-8. The author of the Bone Detectives (1996) acknowledges the fascination people have for twins and supertwins (three or more) and elucidates the science behind multiple births. She shows her respect for young readers by clearly explaining such concepts as lyonization, cryptophasia, and zygosity and by quoting doctors and twins researchers, including some of their theories--for example, the idea of "late-splitters" and the possibility that certain foods, such as sweet potatoes, contribute to twinning. Commentary from multiples and their families appears throughout the book, and Jackson ends with the powerful story of twin sisters who survived Mengele's "twin studies" at Auschwitz. Jackson steers clear of sensationalistic attitudes about multiples, and her emphasis on twin science is a welcome change from the focus of most children's books about twins. Readers, including a good many older than the target audience, will come away with a better, fuller understanding of twins and how they come to exist. REVWR
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316454311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316454315
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,364,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mix Master on June 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is perfect for sharing with your twins when they are children to help them understand their special gift, or if you have other children who will soon have twin brothers or sisters. I think it would also be enjoyable and informative if you are a grandparent, teacher or other who interacts with twins. It gives a delightful, easy-to-read overview of twins and answers all the questions one might have if they know little about these special people. I thought the layout of the book, the photographs and information was perfect for this target audience. I highly recommend this book. I have passed it around to my entire family and everyone loved it. Buy this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amber L. Moreau on June 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was very informative and will be helpful to any child who wants to learn more about twins. There is a large variety of information and it is presented with a lot of illustrations that will help keep kids interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Bell on June 3, 2011
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For a while now i was looking for something that my little sister phylicia could read because she lost her twin brother in 2005 and they were about to be nine years old and i still miss him so much and that was just my baby brother, but he was and still is her twin and they were always together and i know she misses him so much but she is doing quite well and i am thankful but i still always want phylicia to remember phillip because he was such a great human being and brother and i miss him so much that sometimes it hurts so bad bt im so careful to not let anyone know and i feel sometimes phylicia doesn't know how to talk about it or him and i hope this book helps her out which i know it will thanks to the writers and the pictures and amazing a real keeper this book is and the price ifeel like i got it for free. so thank you so muchand god bless
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This book is wonderful, and has many thought provoking interviews with twins. The one thing that should be aware of (before you hand over this book to an independent reader) is the discussion of twins where one sister or brother has died and the feelings of the living twin, the loss felt for the remainder of their lives. It is a valid discussion point but if you are not expecting it, the way in which it is presented may be a bit much for a sensitive child. I like the book but wish that I had read it before I purchased it, I do not consider it an appropriate gift for a younger child.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on October 4, 2011
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This book was from a library in CA. I bought this book to replace a library book that got damaged at my house. I could not use it for my intended purchase becuase it had stickers and bar codes from another library and my library would not take it It was probably stolen since no efforts were made to remove the tags.
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