Written by: The Twins' Blanket
These twins have shared everything since they were born: clothes, a room, a bed, and their favorite blanket. Talk to your child about the story and help him/her make observations and predictions with questions like:
What do you notice on the cover?
They are sound asleep. What do you think they are dreaming about?
What does it mean to be a twin?
How do these twins look alike?
What is on their blanket?
What do you think will happen in this story?
As You Read
Help your child understand that there are two types of twins: identical and fraternal. Say that some twins look exactly alike and some don't. Explain that IDENTICAL means "exactly the same" and that these twins are identical twins. Think about other things that can be identical and say things like, "That cup is identical to the one right next to it. They look exactly alike! The twins in this story are identical too because they look exactly alike." If your child comes across any other new words in the story, discuss what they could mean by using the illustrations and words around them.
For example, for the word EXCELLENT, say, "Does she think that the color yellow is a good color for a blanket, or a bad color for a blanket? What do you think EXCELLENT means?" Another example is GREEDY. Help your child discover that being greedy means that someone doesn't want to share what they have with others by saying, "The sisters both want to keep the blanket for themselves. Neither of the sisters want to share the blanket. What do you think 'GREEDY' means?"
Make connections between parts of the story using prompting questions about the text. For example, when one girl holds her hand out for her sister to hold, ask your child, "Why do you think she is scared? How did they sleep in the beginning of the story? How do they sleep now?" Questions like these will help with your child's reading comprehension by requiring him/her to think about the story as a whole instead of as its individual parts.
Also ask questions that relate the story to the real world. For example, when the girls fight over there blanket and get mad at each other, ask, "Can you think of a time when you got really mad at someone? Why were you mad? What happened next? What do you think will happen next in the story?"
Generally try to help your child point out the similarities and differences between the two girls, comparing their physical features, clothes, toys and overall behaviors.
Summarize and Interpret
Ask questions like:
How were the twins similar in this story? How were they different?
What did the twins share in the beginning of the book?
Why did they have to get a new bed?
How did their mom help them stop fighting over their old blanket?
Do you have a special blanket or toy that you've had since you were a baby?
Be sure to point out that each girl's blanket has a piece of the old blanket sewn into it.
Extended Learning Exploration
Source: PBS Kids Lab
Supplies: shoes and a shower curtain and tape (these last two supplies are optional)
Similarities and differences play an important role in this story: these twins look the same and share the same bed and blanket, but they like different colors, wear different clothes and have different stuffed animals. Try doing this fun shoe sorting activity and help your child point out the similar and different attributes of the shoes. You don't need to use a shower curtain, but it can be helpful. Consider sorting the shoes out using these different characteristics, along with any more that you'd like to add:
- Sandals/ Close Toed
- Sizes (your shoes/ your child's shoes)
Check This Out
Looking to make your own comfy blanket? Try this simple, no sew method and make your own fleece blanket! All you need is some fleece, scissors, a notecard and a ruler!