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Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (Passport to Reading Level 3) Paperback – September 5, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great writing and whimsical, fun illustrations- my daughters and I love all the Ling and Ting stories and can't wait for more.Published 2 months ago by lisa joy komuro
A very cute book. As a parent of identical twins, we have had a lot of fun reading this book. Our 7 year old boys really enjoy the sly humor of the last chapter!Published 5 months ago by ALBEN
A very sweet little book, I think my grandniece will enjoy it a lot. She has trouble reading.Published 9 months ago by Teresa Pacheco
A sixth birthday gift for our daughter. She loves Ling and Ting! A good read aloud but also one she will soon be able to read herself, and can read with some help now.Published 13 months ago by Target Girl
Ling & Ting is a children’s book written by Grace Lin about a pair of twins named Ling and Ting. No one could tell them apart until they went to get haircuts. Read morePublished 18 months ago by toki8th grader
My first and second grade readers really enjoyed this book. Several times they laughed as they encountered the antics of Ling and Ting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Melanie T. Campbell
Fantastic book for young readers. Gorgeous artwork inspired by vintage picture books.Published 20 months ago by A reader