The Twins' Blanket.
Yum, Hyewon (Author) , Yum, Hyewon (Illustrator)
Aug 2011. 40 p. Farrar, hardcover, $16.99. (9780374379728).
Twin girls tell of sharing their toys, clothes, and room. Since birth, they’ve shared a bed and blanket, too, but now that they’re five-years-olds, they’re shifting to twin beds. Neither will give up their beloved striped blanket, so their mother sews half of it onto new material, one of each girl’s choosing, creating a yellow blanket and a pink one. Snug in their new beds on that first night, the sisters, suddenly out of sorts, reach across to hold hands before falling asleep. Yum, herself a twin, includes realistic, lightly competitive banter in the dual narrative, with one child referring to herself as the big sister, and the other pointing out, “You’re only three minutes older than me!” In the artwork, forms stand out clearly, and colors glow on spacious white backgrounds. Combining drawn, painted, and printed effects, the appealing illustrations, simple yet stylized, are as effective as the text. A pleasing picture book for twins, siblings, and even onlies. — Carolyn Phelan