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Always Twins
by Teri Weidner
Teri Weidner, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 3/4 x 11 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823431595 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: PRESCHOOL | Age: 2 to 5

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Family & Relationships, Acceptance & Belonging
Recommendations: A, K

CCSS Codes:
RL.1.1-4, 6, 7, 9, 10
L.1.1, 4, 4a, 4c, 5, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6
RF.1.1-3, 3f, 3g, 4, 4a-c
SL.1.1, 1a-c, 2,-6
W.1.1, 3, 5-8

About the Book

"You two are just alike!" everyone tells duckling twins Olivia and Lily. But while Olivia likes to "jump in the mud," run around, and quack so everyone can hear, Lily prefers studying and daydreaming. These different activities don't always work well together, and eventually the twins grow annoyed by their differences and head off in opposite directions.

But the twins can't stand to be apart for long. Lily comes looking for Olivia only to find her stuck in a tree. An adventure ensues that ends in a frightening tumble. Finally safe, the twins realize that while sometimes they are the same and sometimes they are different, one thing is certain: they are "always twins."


THE REVIEWS ARE IN

"Watercolor-and-colored-pencil artwork in a soft palette shows the ducklings' anger, fear and love in ways that young children can identify. Large-print text also helps emergent readers follow along. Although obviously fitting for twins, the story's themes can easily apply to other siblings and friends as well."—Kirkus Reviews

"This depiction of a day's adventures with two identical ducklings offers insight into the interesting, and sometimes misunderstood, state of being a twin."—Booklist


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Read an exclusive Q&A with author Teri Weidner!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Who are the main characters in the story? Compare and contrast Lily and Olivia. How are they alike and different? Create a Venn diagram. RL.K-1.1, 3, 9

2. Identify the problem in the story. How is it resolved? RL.K-1.1, 3

3. What lesson do Lily and Olivia learn in the story? What can you learn from ALWAYS TWINS? Write a sentence and draw a picture. RL.K-1.2 / W.K-1.1

4. Find the following words in the book: scared, sputters, alike, gaze, race, study, barging. Think of a word or words that have the same meaning as the word from the story (synonyms). L.K-1.4, 4a, 5d