Sunday, July 17, 2011

Starred review from SLJ

*YUM, Hyewon. The Twins’ Blanket. illus. by author. unpaged. CIP. Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. Aug. 2011. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-374-37972-8. LC 20090460922.

PreS-Gr 2–Five-year-old twins are used to sharing everything: toys, clothes, and a room. They have even shared the same blanket since they were born. But now, it is too small for both of them. When the arguments begin about who it belongs to, they think that maybe it is time they each have some things of their own. But for children who have always shared everything, this proves to be a bit more difficult than they thought. Succinctly told from the perspective of the girls, this tale of sibling rivalry and separation shines. In the simple language of youngsters, it conveys what it is like to share everything while at the same time realizing how comforting it is to have someone to share things with. The simple, almost impressionistic art graces the pages with bright splashes of color and pattern. The expressions on the girls’ faces are delightful and telling, and youngsters will relate to their attempts at one-upmanship. A lovely addition to any collection.–C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY

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