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Kids Fiction 186
delightfully charming picture book
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
TWINS is an adorably charming picture book that celebrates close friends, siblings, and twins (whether identical or not). A boy and his twin (giraffe) know they look alike, and they like a lot of the same things, even if they do them a little differently. Sometimes they even disagree, but at the end of the day, they put their differences aside and compromise.

The simple text is accompanied by colorful and often comical images of the twins as they go through their day and work to build a tree house. The ultimate messages are about handling disagreements with compromise and working together. Whether you have a twin, close sibling, or even very good friend, children will be able to empathize with the main characters and enjoy the lovely images.

What I loved: I was really excited at seeing characters who love to eat salad and like to read. These set great examples for young kids. There is also a great example of disagreeing, taking some time apart, and then coming together to compromise that works really well with the story and lays out how to handle arguments for children. The illustrations are cartoonish and exciting, with broad appeal for young children and toddlers. They vary between simple vignettes of the twins and more complex images which include surroundings and lots of details, adding some extra fun with simplicity and complexity. The text is very simple, with a great word-to-picture ratio, making this great for even young toddlers. The font is large and clear enough that the book is easy to read aloud at the typical distance.

Final verdict: Adorable, clever, and engaging, this picture book has broad appeal for young toddlers through young elementary schoolers. With great examples of conflict resolution and delightful fun, this book is a charming read to share with little ones.
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