Double or Nothing with the Two and Only Kelly Twins
by Johanna Hurwitz
Illustrated by Tuesday Mourning
Published April, 2017
Review advanced reader copy provided by publisher
Arlene and Ilene love so many things about being identical twins. They like sharing a room, sharing friends, and wearing matching outfits. But they're in different classes at school, and one twin has a scar that the other one doesn't. One morning, their friends Monty and Joey point out a new difference that takes the sisters by surprise and gets them thinking: if they are identical twins, why are there differences between them at all?Their tongues must be the same, so why do they like different kinds of ice cream? Why does Arlene wear pink nail polish while Ilene thinks it's silly? Why is Ilene sleeping soundly when Arlene is awake, wondering how she can be sure that she isArlene, not Ilene? Revisit the funny, lovable characters from The Two and Only Kelly Twins and take a peek at the wonders -- and puzzles -- of being an identical twin.
The Kelly twins, Arlene and Ilene, return in their second book. These second graders love being identical twins. They dress alike and wear their hair the same way so it can be hard for others to tell them apart.
When another student notices that the girls look different one day, they realize that one of them lost a tooth overnight. For once, the Kelly Twins did not look exactly alike. Then they end up having separate sleep overs and, although they were nervous, it all went fine. Maybe they could be different every now and then. One time, I think they might not have minded being different was when head lice went through the classroom and unfortunately, both girls, as well as most of the class, end up getting it. These experiences planted the idea that maybe the sisters didn't always have to be exactly alike.
I would recommend this book, and series, for kids in grades 2-4.
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