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Take Two!: A Celebration of Twins Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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Although this handsome offering has the look of a picture book, both the poems and sly art are better suited for middle-graders, and if they happen to be twins, so much the better. Lewis, the Children’s Poet Laureate, and prolific Yolen present more than 40 poems dedicated to the ups and downs, pros and cons, of being a “womb mate” (as one poem is titled). Like most poetry books, this has its share of clever verse and other poems that fall flat. Repetition of sentiment is also a bit of a problem here. There may be only so many ways to say we are part of each other—or perhaps the number of poems should have been culled. But when the poetry is good, it’s very good, and in some cases, hilarious or touching, as in “Mirror Twin”: I wave, you wave. / I smile, you laugh. / I wink, you blink. You leave—I’m half.” Heavily illustrated with full-page and spot art from the always delightful Blackall, this looks like much thought has been put into the design. A charmer. Grades 3-6. --Ilene Cooper
We are not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But in this case, let’s do just that. The cover of the new poetry collection TAKE TWO!, with its twin toddlers bending upside down, polka-dotted tushies in the air, is quite possibly the cutest one to have crossed my desk in the run-up to spring. And since spring is baby season, at least for much of the animal kingdom, it seems an appropriate moment for this “Celebration of Twins” as the authors — J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen, both accomplished poets — subtitle it…With its cheerily sweet and inventively varied illustrations by Sophie Blackall, TAKE TWO! has both a contemporary and a pleasingly timeless feel.
—The New York Times
This playful collection of twin-themed poems, a welcome addition to the bookshelf on the subject of twins, is as much for parents as for kids.
From lighthearted to thoughtful, rhythmic to balladic, the verses are appealingly varied in mood and style. Whimsical and delightfully detailed, Blackall’s bright-hued watercolor, pencil, and collage illustrations depict charismatic youngsters and reflect each offering’s tone. A “Twin Fact” appears on each spread. A fine share-aloud for families with twins and kids who are curious about them.
—School Library Journal
Veteran poets tap into the never-ending interest in twins with a collection of poetry dedicated to twosomes... Divided into four sections comprising “Twins in the Waiting Womb,” “Twinfants,” “How to Be One” and “Famous Twins,” the poems explore milestones as twins, the push and pull of twin relationships and the need for individuality... T-winsome.
More than 40 original poems playfully present "twindom".
—San Francisco Chronicle