Not Exactly the Same! (Ling and Ting Series)

Not Exactly the Same! (Ling and Ting Series)

by Grace Lin


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316024532
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/05/2011
Series: Ling and Ting Series
Pages: 43
Sales rank: 72,171
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the Sky, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat, Dumpling Days, and Ling & Ting, as well as picture books such as The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum for Everyone! Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts. Her website is

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Not Exactly the Same! (Ling and Ting Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
pataustin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots of Easy-to-read/ ready-to-read titles don't tell much of a story. Lin tells six stories here, simple but accessible to her young audience. Twins especially will relate to the title story and non-twins can heed the message here: "People see them and they say,'You two are exactly the same!" "We are not exactly the same," Ling says.Ting laughs because she is thinking exactly the same thing."
bookcat27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an easy chapter book made up of a collection of very short stories. Ting and Ling are twins but they are not exactly the same. Each of the stories emphasizes something that makes them different. In the first story they go to get their hair cut but Ting moves just as the barber is cutting her bangs. Oops! Now she has bangs that don¿t look like Ling¿s. There is a lot of repetition of words to makes it easier for the young reader to recognize. The stories are humorous and will delight young readers.
Jessie_Bear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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, such as when Ting suddenly remembers something she forgot two chapters previously. The illustrations also support the events of previous chapters, such as the persistence of Ting¿s un-identical haircut or the different dumpling textures following Ling and Ting into the story about chopsticks. Lin¿s illustrations also embrace the marriage between the easiest reader and more transitional texts as the pictures contribute to but don¿t retell the entire story. Each chapter has its own color palette, helping to distinguish the stories, but every illustration is bright and bold. In addition to excellent formatting, strong illustration, and entertaining text, Ling and Ting offers a taste of Asian culture without being overly saturated to the point where it drives the story. This book won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor in 2011 and is strongly recommended for children ages 6-7.
claudiathelibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5Q- This is a good choice for early readers because of its large font and well partnered text and images. I appreciated the inclusion of Chinese cultural elements.4-5P- Girls in particular will enjoy the lovable Ling & Ting. They are loving sisters who compliment each other. Early readers may not get some of the subtle humor.
olivegreen1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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hshell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ling and Ting is about twins who may look exactly the same but do not feel or act the same. Each have their own interests and personalities. This book shows us their uniqueness and we see the sisters go through different experiences throughout the fun book. The pictures are simple and fun and would easily engage a young child as well as a child of an older age.
khallbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ling and Ting are identical twins, but as they are eager to tell you, this does not mean they have identical personalities! Early on, fidgety Ting's antics in the barber's chair earns her an uneven haircut that helps people differentiate between the two of them. The first three short chapters of Ling & Ting stand alone, allowing beginning readers to get used to the characters and situations. The last three, however, build on each other, incorporating elements from previous stories and creating more complex narratives. Using repeated phrases and short, declarative sentences, Grace Lin creates a fun little story made up of seamlessly integrated Chinese and American elements. The bright, cartoonish illustrations (painted by Lin herself) compliment the narrative and help readers figure out what is going on. Although Ling and Ting always wear identical outfits, Ting's haircut helps the reader tell them apart. Recommended for grades 1-3.
prkcs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.
slempke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful example of an early reader, and so beautifully designed! I hope it becomes a series.
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful tale of twins and the importance of looking and "seeing" the many wonderful abilities of each individual. It is good to notice the traits that are the same or similar, yet there is beauty in observing the differences in twins. Easy-to-read tale for second and third graders. **Enjoyable summer reading book, and can be read in one sitting.