Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same
written by Grace Lin
(Little, Brown and Company) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
Ling and Ting are two identical twins who insist they are not exactly the same. An unfortunate trip to the barbershop leaves Ting with a jagged parabola on the right side of her bangs. Now the twins are definitely not the same! Each of the five stories that follow are short vignettes that highlight the differences between Ling and Ting. Even though they look the same (except for Ting's haircut which reminds me of my dad and his barber kit. I still shudder when I remember my bowl cut.), these sisters seek to do their own thing which is a superb lesson for young readers. Author Grace Lin shows each girl taking turns doing something well (making dumplings, eating with chopsticks) while the other struggles with the same task. Ling and Ting handle each bump in the road with humor and inventive thinking which is another good lesson for readers. Like Ruby Lu, it's also nice to have stories written with lead Asian characters so students can read about other children who bring a different cultural perspective but still share many character traits with the readers. One way to use Ling and Ting in the classroom would be to create a Venn diagram or double bubble map and contrast Ling and Ting. For other activity ideas, click on this link for an educator's guide for this book. Click on the link below to see a book trailer.
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