Ling & Ting Share a Birthday
Ling & Ting Share a Birthday

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Series: Ling & Ting   

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Annotation: Identical twins Ling and Ting celebrate their birthday by sharing gifts and making wishes.
Catalog Number: #88017
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 43 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-18404-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-83386-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-18404-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-83386-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2012040965
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In six related stories, twins Ting and Ling celebrate a birthday and unexpectedly find themselves sharing their party shoes, gifts, wishes, and cakes with each other along the way. At some point each girl makes a mistake that brings her close to tears, but her twin steps in to set things straight. Simply written and engaging, the brief stories are well suited to beginning readers. Inspired by "1950s children's textbook illustrations," Lin's clearly delineated gouache paintings perfectly capture the straightforward, childlike tone of the text. This quiet yet playful book is an appealing addition to the Ling & Ting series.
Horn Book
The terrific twins from Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! are back in this birthday-themed offering. Activities include buying presents, baking cakes, and making wishes. Solid borders surround each illustration, leaving generous space for the text. While the book has a sweetly retro feel to it, Ling and Ting's adventures will appeal to contemporary audiences.
Kirkus Reviews
Lin swaps her trademark cupcake for birthday cake in this cheery follow-up to Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same (2010). Sporting the same haircuts they received in the first book, Chinese-American identical twins Ling and Ting return with six short stories that center on preparations for their sixth birthday. "Birthday Shopping" reveals their playful humor as each girl tries to surprise the other by entering different stores. In the toy store, Ting selects a yo-yo that she obviously wants and hopes Ling will share, and in the bookstore, Ling does the same with a book that she hopes to read. Clever readers will notice that the bookstore carries many of Lin's titles and that Ling's selection is none other than a miniature-sized version of the original Ling & Ting. The girls' differing personalities and sisterly affection continue to shine in "Birthday Cakes." As they make their own birthday cakes (because of course, each girl needs her own), Ling carefully reads the cookbook, while Ting goes about the chore with spontaneity. When only Ling's cake is edible, she cuts it in half to share with Ting. The stories build on one another, culminating in their birthday wishes coming true. Once again Lin's richly colored gouache artwork, based on 1950s children's textbook illustrations, gives reason enough to celebrate. Tw-inspiring fiction for beginning readers. (Early reader. 5-8)
Publishers Weekly
Lin continues to work wonders within the early reader format in twins- Ling and Ting-s birthday-themed second outing. In six stories, the girls receive birthday shoes, shop for presents, bake cakes, make wishes, open their gifts, and read a story. Despite working with a limited vocabulary, Lin infuses the twins- every interaction with personality and understated humor, while underscoring the girls- individuality. When baking, -Ling reads the cookbook very carefully. She mixes butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. Ting does not read the cookbook carefully. She mixes butter, sugar, and eggs.- After the girls exchange gifts, they both hope the other will share hers-and don-t need to wait long: -Ling and Ting like their gifts. But they like the other-s gift a bit more.- Lin-s utterly cheerful, vintage-inspired gouache illustrations provide many opportunities for children to spot the differences between the twins, and the story-s final chapter, in which the girls read about the birthday adventures of a pair of twins named Ming and Sing (who aren-t nearly as good at sharing) is a triumph of metafiction. Ages 6-9. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2&12; Ling and Ting are back, applying their problem-solving skills and thinking exactly like real six-year-olds. The table of contents cleverly displays the titles of the six stories on layers of a luscious, pink cake. A single theme links the chapters, with such familiar birthday topics as gifts, baking, and wishes. When a gift of of new shoes arrives, each girl wears one from the red pair and one from the green so that they are dressed alike. One successful birthday cake and one burnt cake-no problem. Ling cuts hers in half to share with her twin. And when one of Ling's candles remains lit, Ting blows out hers and wishes that her sister will have a wish, too. The gouache rendering of the twins has a nostalgic charm, and Lin creates an innocent world in which children shop, bake, and move about town without adult intervention. Even though this is a short and simple early chapter book, the characters are fully developed and distinct, and children should be encouraged to infer the protagonists' traits. An excellent stand-alone purchase or addition for libraries already familiar with these endearing sisters.&12; Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Lin swaps her trademark cupcake for birthday cake in this cheery follow-up to Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same (2010). Sporting the same haircuts they received in the first book, Chinese-American identical twins Ling and Ting return with six short stories that center on preparations for their sixth birthday. "Birthday Shopping" reveals their playful humor as each girl tries to surprise the other by entering different stores. In the toy store, Ting selects a yo-yo that she obviously wants and hopes Ling will share, and in the bookstore, Ling does the same with a book that she hopes to read. Clever readers will notice that the bookstore carries many of Lin's titles and that Ling's selection is none other than a miniature-sized version of the original Ling & Ting. The girls' differing personalities and sisterly affection continue to shine in "Birthday Cakes." As they make their own birthday cakes (because of course, each girl needs her own), Ling carefully reads the cookbook, while Ting goes about the chore with spontaneity. When only Ling's cake is edible, she cuts it in half to share with Ting. The stories build on one another, culminating in their birthday wishes coming true. Once again Lin's richly colored gouache artwork, based on 1950s children's textbook illustrations, gives reason enough to celebrate. Tw-inspiring fiction for beginning readers. (Early reader. 5-8)
Word Count: 1,158
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 160656 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.3 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q61375
Lexile: 320L
Guided Reading Level: K
Fountas & Pinnell: K

Ling & Ting are twins. They share a birthday. They bake cakes, and they make birthday wishes. They tell stories and wrap gifts. They also share a birthday secret! The simple text and colorful art makes this early reader a perfect choice for children learning to read.


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