Today (April 10) is National Siblings Day. Some may have an older/younger brother or sister or both. Some may not. Some may be from a set of multiples. J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen created a new poetry book that celebrates those who are twins. In fact, J. Patrick Lewis is a twin himself! Sometimes people think that twins are similar in many ways. That can be but, then again, it may not. This poem is about the differences between the twins. You can share this poem with other ones from books like Kristine O’Connell George’s Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems.
TwindependentBy J. Patrick Lewis and Jane YolenI am I,I am not you.I live apart.Do you live, too,With dreams and hopesThat are your own?We will be twoWhen fully grown?I want to bean astronaut.You want to liveWhere it is hot.I long for silence,You for noise.You play with dolls,Planes are my toys.I am I,A thing apart,Although we shareOur mother’s heart,Our father’s , too,And in our wayOur genes and allOur DNA.But in eachPersonalityWe are as oneAs we can be.
- Have the children who share their differences and similarities between them and their siblings. If a child is an only child have them imagine the differences and similarities that he or she would share if there was a sibling.
Lewis, J. Patrick and Jane Yolen. 2012. Take Two!: A Celebration of Twins. Illus. by Sophie Blackall. Somerville, Mass: Candlewick Press. ISBN: 9780763637026.