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Twin tales : the magic and the mystery of multiple birth
Jackson, Donna.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown, 2001.
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Explores aspects of the topic of twins, including why and how they are born, twin telepathy, identical and fraternal twins, separation of twins, and more.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.6 2.0 53640.
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RG696 .J33 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RG696 .J33 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From the legendary "Dionne quintuplets" to the phenomenon of "twin telepathy", Twin Tales explores the fascinating history and mystery of multiple birth.

Author Notes

Donna M. Jackson received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of nonfiction books for young readers including In Your Face, Extreme Scientists, Elephant Scientist, and Every Body's Talking: What We Say without Words.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. The author of the Bone Detectives (1996) acknowledges the fascination people have for twins and supertwins (three or more) and elucidates the science behind multiple births. She shows her respect for young readers by clearly explaining such concepts as lyonization, cryptophasia, and zygosity and by quoting doctors and twins researchers, including some of their theories--for example, the idea of "late-splitters" and the possibility that certain foods, such as sweet potatoes, contribute to twinning. Commentary from multiples and their families appears throughout the book, and Jackson ends with the powerful story of twin sisters who survived Mengele's "twin studies" at Auschwitz. Jackson steers clear of sensationalistic attitudes about multiples, and her emphasis on twin science is a welcome change from the focus of most children's books about twins. Readers, including a good many older than the target audience, will come away with a better, fuller understanding of twins and how they come to exist. --Kathy Broderick

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Jackson blends scientific facts with interesting personal anecdotes to create an informative and intriguing look at twins. The text is clearly written, and the tone remains lively throughout. Separate chapters on identical and fraternal twins present a clear idea of the differences and similarities between these sibling sets. Other subjects include conception and birth, multiple births, and nature/nurture studies of twins separated at an early age. The final chapter is a bit of a catchall, as it discusses stories of twins who faced unusual circumstances (e.g., a brother and sister born months apart), animal twins, twin brothers who married twin sisters, and twin survivors of the Holocaust. Throughout, the author peppers the text with easy-to-understand explanations, updates from the latest scientific research, and the gripping personal stories of twins and their parents. Quotes and family photographs bring these individuals to life. One- or two-page "Profiles" highlight such topics as twins in ancient cultures, the annual International Twins Day Festival, and Eng and Chang Bunker ("the original `Siamese' twins"). The numerous, well-captioned, full-color and black-and-white photographs spread around the edges of the pages give the book an open look and will catch the attention of browsers. Written for a younger audience than Daniel Jussim's Double Take (Viking, 2001), this title will appeal to both report writers and children who are interested in learning more about this fascinating subject.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.