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Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (Ling & Ting #1)

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Ling and Ting are twins. They have the same brown eyes. They have the same pink cheeks. They have the same happy smiles.

Ling and Ting are two adorable identical twins, and they stick together, whether they are making dumplings, getting their hair cut, or practicing magic tricks. But looks are deceiving--people can be very different, even if they look exactly the same.

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Mar 15, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it
If you want to gauge the merit of a children’s author it’s easy as pie. Simply hand them a piece of paper and a pencil. Sit them down in a comfortable chair in front of a table. Now ask them to create a good easy-to-read book for children. I am personally convinced that this is probably the most difficult thing you can ask an author to do. Harder than asking them to write a romantic vampire novel. Harder than a child-friendly mystery series. Easy books (I should say GOOD easy books) are an acqui ...more
Jul 20, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This was recommended as additional reading for my 5 yr old's lesson on Asia, and it was a good choice. Besides being a solid level 3 reader which is good practice for him, it tells about some of the customs typical in Asia such as using chopsticks. We plan on getting some chopsticks and having my son and Dad make a meal of stir-fry and rice for all so we can try and eat with the chopsticks. A great way to experience and learn at the same time. The book also won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Awa ...more
Sep 25, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-readers
It would take a cold, cold person to resist the charm* of Grace Lin's Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same. Ling and Ting are twins who are, as the title implies, similar but not completely the same. In the first story, The Haircuts, we see Ting get terribly butchered bangs because she can't sit still, which gives readers a handy visual clue to which girl is which.

In the five stories that follow, Lin skillfully shows us how the girls are both different and similar through words, actions, and illu
Oct 16, 2011 Casey rated it liked it
1. Genre: Controlled Vocabulary

2. Summary: Ling and Ting are sisters and identical twins but Ling and Ting are not exactly the same, they do have some differences. Follow Ling and Ting through six short stories and find out how they are different.

3. Critique:
a.) This is a cute book that tells the story of Ling and Ting. The story is easy to read because of the repetition of words and phrases. The controlled vocabulary is pretty good.
b.) The vocabulary in this book is great. The use of action wo
Jul 14, 2010 katsok rated it it was amazing
Love this fun to read, easy to read, early chapter book. I especially enjoyed Lin's nod to some of her other titles in the book in the illustrations. I hope this will become a chapter series for young readers, I think they will be devouring these books.
Mary Ann
Ling and Ting, Chinese American sisters who are identical twins, may look the same but they like different things, react to situations differently and want everyone to remember that they are not exactly the same. A delightful series full of humor and heart.
I wish I had a twin...
Kris Emond
A delightful, humorous chapter book about twins and their adventures. Ting and Ling teach the reader about their culture as well as what it is like to be a twin. The chapters weave together to giving the book an authentic voice. The illustrations are clear and colorful with bold strong colors.

Topics: Asian culture, twins, magic tricks, making dumplings, using chopsticks, going to the library
Mentor Text Idea: Onomatopoeias can be found in chapter one.

Reading Level: K-L
Melissa McAlvey
Mar 06, 2017 Melissa McAlvey rated it really liked it
Norah likes Ling and Ting stories and so do I. fun and clever.
Godfrey Coppinger
May 26, 2017 Godfrey Coppinger rated it really liked it
A fun easy reader for very young children
James Son
Oct 05, 2014 James Son rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a twin named Ling and Ting. Their stories are divided by 6 with different titles. The first story starts off with introducing Ling and Ting, and how everybody thinks that they look exactly the same. However, to them, they think they don't. Then one day, they go to get a haircut, and even their barber says they look exactly alike. Ling gets her haircut very smoothly as she sits still, while Ting can't sit still. Ting then sneezes in the middle of her haircut, and the barber mes ...more
Jan 15, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
For an easy reader/independent reader, Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same is great! The reason I say that is that independent readers tend not to have much in terms of complexity. They're very straightforward with an extremely simple and often formulaic plot. There are, of course, plenty of exceptions, and Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same is one of them. Broken into several very short chapters, the stories can stand alone, but also build upon each other. I think that the subtitle, "Not E ...more
The Library Lady
I love Grace Lin's picture books--I use Bringing in the New Year and Kite Flying often enough at story hours to have reading room copies of them. I loved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, passed them on to my older daughter and SHE owns copies of both titles.

But I don't adore this book.
And contrary to the comment of one reviewer of this title--I DON'T have a cold heart--though my 11 yr old might disagree about that occasionally. I AM a mean mother when I have to be :D

Now know that I have had
Jade Nguyen
Sep 19, 2011 Jade Nguyen rated it really liked it

1. { Genre }: Controlled Vocabulary

2. { Summary }:Ling & Ting are twins, but as the title states, they are not exactly the same. Ling and Ting express their individualities in each of the six chapters where they receive haircuts, play magic tricks and make dumplings.

3a. { Area for comment }: Vocabulary, Concept, Recall

3b. { Critique }:
The title, Ling & Ting: Not Exactly The Same, is divided into 6 chapters with the same characters, Ling and Ting. This is a “chapter” book, but is an ea
Jun 06, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok
Might a series of books about twin girls Ling and Ting harbor the potential to become the next "Frog and Toad" in terms of popularity? There have been a number of book series since the 1970s that were notably reminiscent of the mini-adventures of Frog and Toad, meeting with varying degrees of success. I have to think, though, that Ling and Ting have as good a chance as any recent pair of protagonists of ascending to that throne of excellence established by Arnold Lobel all those years ago with ...more
Jun 29, 2010 thewanderingjew rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I registered for this book because in a few months I will become a grandmother to twin girls. As a twin myself, although fraternal, I can easily identify with the issues a twin faces growing up. There is a need to be one's own person. For identical twins, individuality is an even greater concern.
Ling and Ting is an absolutely adorable childrens book about identical twin girls who seem to have surmounted those problems! This book simply, but touchingly, explores the ways a charming pair of girls
This is such a darling early chapter book! Ling and Ting are absolutely adorable and they are FUNNY. The chapters weave together with jokes about Ting’s forgetfulness, Ling’s magic trick, and the idea that they are not the same (despite being twins). A mishap at the barbershop in the first chapter both sets the humorous tone and helps the reader figure out which twin is which.

The book really shines as an ode to sisterhood. Ling and Ting, as the title suggests, are not exactly the same. They have
Jessie Bear
Ling and Ting celebrates the quirky differences between identical twins in a series of short and engaging stories. This book embraces the transition into more advanced easy readers with short chapters which give readers convenient resting places as well as paragraphs, but still make strong use of illustration and uncomplicated plot lines. Humor drives each story, making them memorable. Each of the six chapters can read separately from the next, but a few recall elements of previous chapters, suc ...more
Hannah Jefferson
Let me open by saying that I went to a school district which averaged 95 children per class each year, which was split into two schools prior to middle school, and I related to this book very well. I may be in college now, but I'll never forget that at the start of ever year my teacher's would refer to me as "Sarah's sister" - until they would see how different from my sister I was and still am. She was like Ling in elementary school and I was like Ting, outgoing and constantly cracking jokes.

Jul 14, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Twin sisters Ling and Ting are twins, but definitely not the same. Sure, they look the same, up until the end of the first chapter when a sneeze on the barber’s chair changes that. But they like different things, have different skills, and approach projects in different ways. At the same time, the girls are obviously great friends as well as sisters despite their differences. In short friendly chapters, readers get to know these young sisters and will be able to happily identify with both of the ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it
Ling & Ting, Not Exactly the Same
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary: Two fun-loving twin girls, Ling and Ting, seem as though they are exactly the same, but after observing them share many experiences together, it appears that this may not be true.

A.This critique focuses on the theme of this story. The author challenges the perception that twins are just alike in every way. Each twin has unique differences, in terms of preferences, feelings, and personality that make each of them unique.

B. The
Sep 24, 2012 Amber rated it liked it
1. Genre: Picture Book- Controlled Vocabulary
2. Ling and Ting look alike and are always together, but are different in many ways. Each girl’s unique personality’s shine through as the story progresses.
3. Critique
a. Continuity & Cohesion
b. This book is a perfect read aloud for a lower level elementary classroom. The vocabulary and sentence structure are simple and repetitive, while still keeping the reader’s attention. There are six separate stories within the book, but each continues into t
I LOVE the Arnold Lobel series "Frog and Toad" for early readers and enjoy reading them even as an adult, though you need a child to read to for them to really shine. I mention it as an opening to reviewing "Ling & Ting: Not exactly the same!" because these charming stories, presented in short chapters, have the same charm.

The girls are darling. Their stories are simple and fun, yet full of gentle, meaningful instruction on the relationship between sisters/ siblings. The illustrations are w
Hana Sm.
Oct 20, 2013 Hana Sm. rated it liked it
Shelves: asian
This book is made up of six short stories: Each story is between 5 to 7 pages long, so even readers with short attention spans will listen to the stories without becoming fidgety. Every story is about identical twins who are named Ling and Ting. Ling is serious while Ting is a joker. In the first story, the twins get identical haircuts but Ting sneezes during her haircut, so part of her bangs is messed up. This is how I remember which one is Ting for the rest of the book.

In story #3, Ling &
Sep 10, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Twin sisters Ling and Ting may look alike but, as the title implies, they are not "exactly the same"! Grace Lin impresses with her first easy reader. This charming book, divided into six short chapters, echoes the mischievous humor of Beverly Cleary's Ramona series. Lin's colorful illustrations are plentiful and will help the new reader puzzle out the text's meaning. Beginning readers are sure to be entertained while they practice their reading skills. Ling & Ting is highly recommended for e ...more
Short stories about two identical twin girls.

The Haircuts-The girls get their hair cut and end up looking a little different when Ting sneezes while the hairdresser is trimming her bangs.

The Magic Trick-Ling is trying her hand at magic. She has Ting draw a playing card from a deck of cards so that she may divine what her card is in a thrilling show of magic. The only problem: Ting forgets her card.

Making Dumplings-The girls make traditional dumplings, but they don't turn out exactly alike. Ling
This is a book challenging the common belief that twins are the same. In this book we learn from the two main characters, Ling and Ting, who are twins that they are not the same and don't want to be treated the same. This is an easy reader chapter book for early elementary students. Readers can learn from this book that they should acknowledge and respect that twins, even if they look the same, are not the same and shouldn't be treated as such. Although this book challenges the "single story" of ...more
Cassie Ehrenbock
Sep 28, 2015 Cassie Ehrenbock rated it really liked it

In this realistic fictional book, Ling and Ting are twins but as they title suggests they are not exactly the same. This delightful tale follows the twins as they get haircuts, perform magic tricks, or make dumplings all the while
their unique personalities will constantly remind the reader, they are not exactly the same.

The short length of the book, and it's use of controlled, simplistic vocabulary ("I will use the fork") would especially appeal to emerging readers in grades 1-3. The stories ar
Joe Padon
Jul 29, 2014 Joe Padon rated it liked it
Lin, G. (2010). Ling & Ting: not exactly the same!, New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company.

No two people are the same as you'll learn by following the lives of two identical twins, Ling and Ting. Although they may look the same, they are very different people.

ALA Notable Children's Books 2011
Library Media Connection 08/01/10
Booklist starred 05/01/10
New York Times 08/15/10
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 08/01/10
Publishers Weekly 06/21/10
Horn Book 05/01/11
School Library Journal st
Ling and Ting are identical twin Chinese American girls with very different personalities and attitudes! As the reader makes their way through six short stories featuring the twins on adventures, each girl’s personality traits become clearer and clearer. Ling and Ting experience haircuts, magic play, cooking, eating, reading and storytelling. Each page has short text bites and an illustration to help young readers interpret the story as it unfolds. With lots of colored swirling patterns, like do ...more
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