Academic journal article Language Arts

Ling & Ting Share a Birthday

Academic journal article Language Arts

Ling & Ting Share a Birthday

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Ling & Ting Share a Birthday Written and illustrated by Grace Lin Little, Brown, 2013, 44 pp., ISBN 978-0-316- 18405-2

"Ling and Ting are twins. They share many things. They share the same dark eyes. They share the same blue dresses. They also share the same birthday!" (p. 2). And so begins this book featuring six stories with titles such as "Birthday Shoes," "Birthday Shopping," and "Birthday Gifts." In the first story, the twins receive a pair of birthday shoes as a gift, but one pair is green and the other pair is red. Since Ling and Ting like to share everything (including the same shoe color), they decide to wear mismatched shoes. In another story, the twins go shopping for gifts for each other and end up choosing items that they would like to have themselves. Ling chooses a book for Ting, and Ting selects a toy for Ling. Readers who are familiar with other titles by Grace Lin will notice some of them (e. …

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