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TAKE TWO! A Celebration of Twins

Today, a review of TAKE TWO! A Celebration of Twins by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. The book is a collection of poems - from formal forms like the sonnet and villanelle to songs to various rhymes. The book is split into four sections: "Twins in the Waiting Womb", "Twinfants", "How to Be One", and "Famous Twins", and includes, in places, some poems that overlap a bit in content (especially in the "How to Be One" section, where several poems cover the "twins are individuals" notion, albeit in differing ways).

One of my favorite formal poems in the book is the clever, nontraditional sonnet - it has the requisite 14 lines and follows the Shakespearean rhyme scheme (ABABCDCDEFEFGG), buy it contains only one syllable per line:

Sing a Song of Sonogram
(A Sonnet)

The
twin
be-
gin-
ning!
Wow!
Sing
now--
non-
stop,
Mom,
Pop,
proud
crowd!


So that you can see and (I hope) appreciate Sophie Blackall's artwork, here's a two-page spread:



Recommended as a shower gift for anyone expecting twins, as well as for families with young twins, and for fans of Pat Lewis's and Jane Yolen's work (and really, who isn't?)


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reginaclarejane
May. 8th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
being a twin myself, this is wonderful! i may just pick this up for me and my sissy!
thanks, kelly!
kellyrfineman
May. 9th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
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kellyrfineman
May. 9th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
I suspect you're right - just like I always wished I had a sister. Sort of. Only in reality, it might not have been great. But there's something to the notion that we always want what we haven't got.
wordsrmylife
May. 9th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
So glad you posted this! Twins seem to arrive with just enough frequency so that it's always good to have a book-gift idea. Plus, as you say, with Jane Yolen and Patrick Lewis, how can you go wrong.
kellyrfineman
May. 9th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Exactly.
lizjonesbooks
May. 10th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Love it!!
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