Take Two!: A Celebration of Twins
Take Two!: A Celebration of Twins
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Annotation: A collection of original poems celebrates the joys and mischief of twinhood while sharing twin facts.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #59303
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Illustrator: Blackall, Sophie,
Pages: 72 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-3702-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-54282-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-3702-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-54282-2
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2010050564
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
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 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 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.
Horn Book
This tribute presents four sections focusing on twins before birth, as babies ("twinfants"), life as a twin, and famous twins. Lewis, a twin, and Yolen, who comes from a family with many twins, use a variety of poetic styles and viewpoints. The poems range from humorous to poignant, all enhanced by Blackall's expertly delicate illustrations. "Twin facts" run along the bottom margins.
Kirkus Reviews
Veteran poets tap into the never-ending interest in twins with a collection of poetry dedicated to twosomes. Children's poet laureate Lewis, a twin himself, and prolific children's poet Yolen, the grandmother of twins, present 44 poems about twins. Readers will have to guess each poem's originator, however, as none of the poems are signed. Divided into four sections comprising "Twins in the Waiting Womb," "Twinfants," "How to Be One" (about childhood with a twin) and "Famous Twins," the poems explore milestones as twins, the push and pull of twin relationships and the need for individuality. Although some of the poems just reach mediocre, others are positively endearing ("Good night, / Good night. / The single moon / Shines down. / And soon / One sleep / You'll share"). Readers will enjoy dipping into the book and savoring a few poems at a time rather than reading the book in its entirety, as taken altogether, the prevailing rhythmic rhyme can become monotonous. Intermittent twin facts run along the bottom, while Blackall, illustrator of another popular pair, Ivy + Bean, enhances the collection with a variety of twin sets in her signature patterned illustrations, rendered in watercolor, pencil and painted paper collage. Children may muse at the twin depictions, but the real consumers will be the proud caregivers of twins. T-winsome. (authors' note) (Poetry. 4-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5&12; Divided into four sections, this colorfully illustrated compendium of poems highlights different aspects of a very special sibling relationship. "Twins in the Waiting Womb" contains offerings dealing with parental expectations and preparations as well as the babies' in utero experience. With titles like "From Here to Maternity" and "Sing a Song of Sonogram," these selections may have the most meaning for adults. However, the next two groupings, which make up the bulk of the book, are a-twinkle with child appeal. Topics treated in "Twinfants" include "Very First Words" ("Me./You./One./Two./Mine./Twin./I win"), taking one's "First Steps" ("Hold on to the table,/The back of the chair,/And I'll be there./I'll be there"), and the unique perspective of a "Mirror Twin" ("I wave, you wave./I smile, you laugh./I wink, you blink./You leave&12;I'm half"). Focusing on older sibling pairs, "How to Be One" underscores the benefits and challenges of twin relationships such as dealing with similarities and differences, bickering and making up, and pulling the old "Twin Switcheroo game" on Dad. The final section showcases famous twins such as "Conjoined" Chang and Eng Bunker and provides a look at the yearly festival in "Twinsburg, Ohio." 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.&12; Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

Know some twins, or expecting to? This twinspired collection pairs poems and pictures in a lighthearted salute to the many twins among us.

Old twins, new twins, famous twins, not-at-all-alike twins, side-byside twins, let's play twins, not-yet twins, mirror twins — all kinds of twins! — come together in a collection of original poems by two of our most celebrated authors for young people: J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen. From a wave and a wink to a twin switcheroo, from a rocket to the moon to the old woman who lived in a shoe, these poems and mini facts, whimsically illustrated by Sophie Blackall, will leave even singletons with a twinkle in their eyes. Here is the perfect book to share with the twins in your life — and everyone who loves them.

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