Ling & Ting Share A Birthday

ling ting birthdayLing & Ting Share A Birthday

By Grace Lin

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Teen Life: Family Life: Adoption/Multiple Births, Holidays: Birthdays, Personal Development: Individuality, Family Life: Parents/Siblings/Babies, Family Life: Daily Life and Play

Grades: 1-4

This fascinating, surprising new novel is full of everyday imaginations and truths in the life and future of every teenage girl, as it tells the story of soon-to-be-16 Josie Taylor, who was born on Leap Day.


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★ “The girls’ differing personalities and sisterly affection continue to shine…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.”– Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “Lin continues to work wonders within the early reader format in twins’ Ling and Ting’s birthday-themed second outing…Despite working with a limited vocabulary, Lin infuses the twins’ every interaction with personality and understated humor, while underscoring the girls’ individuality.”– Publishers Weekly, starred review

“These cheerful stories, with their flat, 50’s-style illustrations, tell an inescapable truth: twins have to negotiate everything.”– New York Times Book Review

“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.”– School Library Journal