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.
while they met a small white dog. “I’m sure this dog is very hungry,” said Mother. The little dog barked. Yip-yip-yip. “No,” said Janet. “That is not a nice dog. I want to give my nice little dog biscuit to a nice little dog.” “Oh, dear,” said Mother. “I guess we will have to find another dog.” Then they saw Mr. Lemon delivering mail across the street. “ Mr. Lemon!” Jimmy shouted. “We have two dog biscuits!” Janet called out, “We’re going to give them to a nice dog!” “Lucky dog!” Mr.
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
shovel is too big,” said Jimmy’s father, “but you can try.” He brought Jimmy the real shovel, which was much bigger than Jimmy. Jimmy worked and worked, but the real shovel was too big and heavy for him. The hole Jimmy was digging was hardly a hole at all. “I have an idea,” said Jimmy’s father. He went into the garage and came out with a shovel that was just Jimmy’s size. “I had forgotten we had this,” he said. “Is it real?” asked Jimmy. “Yes, it’s real,” answered Jimmy’s father. “This is the
shoes and asked each of them to stand on his measuring stick while he slid the wooden piece to the tips of their toes. Mr. Markle shook his head. “Sorry,” he said. “You kids aren’t ready for new shoes.” No new shoes! Jimmy and Janet looked at Mother and said, “You told us we were ready for new shoes.” Mother sighed. “Mothers can be wrong sometimes,” she said. That made Jimmy and Janet feel better—a little, but not much. Mr. Markle looked disappointed, too. He sniffed and rubbed his eyes with
“My feet didn’t grow up. They are still the same size inside my boots.” “Don’t worry,” said Mr. Lemon. “Before you know it, your feet will be bigger than mine.” “They will?” Jimmy looked at Mr. Lemon’s feet. They were even bigger than Daddy’s feet. “And do you know something?” asked Mr. Lemon as he handed Jimmy the catalogs to carry. “When you get new shoes, those boots will grow to fit.” Now it was Janet’s turn to be surprised. “How did you know?” she asked Mr. Lemon. “I’ve learned a