Early Reader Success: Ling & Ting

Ling and Ting Not Exactly the SameLing & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (Passport to Reading Level 3) by Grace Lin by Grace Lin

This was a great early reader chapter book. It had six chapters, and they could easily be read individually. Individually as in my son could read the chapter on his own, and as in each chapter could be read without needing to remember what had happened in previous chapters. There was a slight story line that carried through the entire book, but it wasn’t essential for appreciating individual chapters.

My best guess puts my son at an early 2nd grade reading level, and he was able to manage this book with little trouble. One chapter was just enough to provide practice for him, without overwhelming him with TOO MUCH READING. (Which is totally a thing with him). There’s also plenty of white space on the pages, and lots of illustrations, which helps him. He’s at kind of a delicate spot as far as reading goes – he can do it, but he needs the formatting of the book to help him out too. Not too much text on any one page and chapters that aren’t too long, or else he wants to give up before he starts. This book was perfect for him right now.

Plus it was gently humorous, and he liked that.

Highly recommended for early readers. It’s not one I’d recommend as a read-aloud, as it’s definitely one for kids to read for themselves.

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  1. I’ll have to remember this when my son start reading more independently. It’s coming soon. I can’t wait!

  2. Have you tried the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo? They’re great for that in-between phase! They have chapters, but also lots of pictures. (And if your kid is like mine… he’ll start asking for “toast with a great deal of butter” as a result, because Mercy the Pig eats buttered toast all day.) 🙂

    • Yes – we’ve read those too, and yes, they’re also great for this stage (so are Bink & Gollie – isn’t that DiCamillo too?)

      And yes, both of mine asked for “toast with a great deal of butter” after reading about Mercy. They were disappointed I wouldn’t give them a big stack like Mercy gets. 🙂

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