Two Times the Fun
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Jimmy and Janet are twins, but that doesn't mean they are just alike.
When we first meet Jimmy, he wants to dig a real hole. He likes to use a real, grown-up shovel. While he's working, his sister, Janet, pretends to be a bird! She likes to use her imagination. But the twins both like silly jokes, brand- new boots, and talking to Mr. Lemon, the mailman.
As Beverly Cleary writes about Jimmy and Janet's doings, the unique understanding of children that she brings to all of her beloved books is coupled with a keen awareness of duo dynamics that comes from raising twins herself.
Originally published as four separate picture books (The Real Hole, Two Dog Biscuits, The Growing-Up Feet, and Janet's Thingamajigs), these are stories that a Jimmy would like because they are so true-to-life, and that a Janet would love because they are so believable.
is a real big hole.” “What are you going to do with your real hole?” asked his father. “We could pretend it is a place where baby rabbits live,” said Janet. “I could get in the hole and pretend I am a baby rabbit.” “No!” said Jimmy. “It isn’t a place where baby rabbits live. It is a real hole, and I made it with a real shovel.” Then Mrs. Robbins, the lady next door, came over to see Jimmy’s hole. “My, what a big hole!” she said. “What are you going to do with such a great big hole?” Jimmy did
laid her dog biscuit under his nose. “Here is a present for you, kitty,” she said. The cat opened one eye. He opened the other eye. He stood up and stretched. He sniffed the dog biscuit. Then he sat down and began to eat. It was hard work for him to eat such a hard biscuit, but he crunched and munched and pretty soon the biscuit was gone. The cat licked his whiskers, looked around, and said, “Meow.” “He liked my dog biscuit,” said Janet. “He’s saying thank you.” “He wants another dog
thing or two in my lifetime,” said Mr. Lemon. Jimmy and Janet splashed in their puddle. “We have growing-up feet!” they shouted. “We have growing-up boots, too!” Mr. Lemon said so, and he knew a thing or two. 4 Janet’s Thingamajigs “I can’t find the thingamajigs,” Mother said when Jimmy fell down and skinned his knee. “What happened to the thingamajigs?” Thingamajigs was a word Mother sometimes used when she was excited or in a hurry. Janet enjoyed finding out what thingamajigs
strawberries or a nice soft kitten,” answered Mother. “You wait and see.” Jimmy and Janet thought and thought, but they could not think what Mother’s surprise could be. “If you watch out the front window, you will see it sometime this morning,” said Mother. Jimmy and Janet watched out the front window. “When is it going to come? When is it going to come?” they asked over and over. They saw a boy riding a bicycle, a girl skipping rope, and a lady carrying a shopping bag. They saw cars, a tow
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