Take Two! A Celebration of Twins by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen, Ill. by Sophie Blackall

Take Two! A Celebration of Twins by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen, Ill. by Sophie Blackall

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Publishing: Candlewick, Somerville, 2012

Description: A collection of poems all devoted to the phenomena of twins. Poems vary in length and style, illustrations are mostly integrated with the text instead of being full-page or two-page spreads. Facts about twins are placed at the bottom of many of the pages.

Programming: If page 36 is to be believed, twins are more common now than they were just 40 years ago. It is likely that there will be several sets of twins in the community, possibly even one or two sets in the class or group at hand. If this is the case, and the students are comfortable with it (maybe even okay it with the parents) you might ask the twins to come up and talk about whether they are identical or fraternal twins, who was born first, etc. An older set of twins in the community (high schoolers or adults) might be able to speak more to the subject. Before reading, I would also ask students about what kinds of things they do with their siblings or their best friends. I would ask them what they knew about twins, and what they think is different about being a twin than being a friend or a brother/sister.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, Ill. by John Schoenherr

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, Ill. by John Schoenherr

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Publishing: Philomel Books, New York, 1987

Awards: Caldecott Medal

Description: A little girl goes owling with her father. Illustrations contain a lot of blue, black, and white hues, but vary dramatically in perspective. The text is somber and consistent.

Programming: Scholastic gives a wonderful way to tie-in the different perspectives in the illustrations: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/owl-moon-extension-activities