Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Ariel S. Winter
Illustrator: David Hitch
Lysander Singleton is the only kid at Twin Oaks Elementary who is not a twin. He tries his best to fit in and play with the other kids, but they already have a built-in best friend. Every year, Twin Oaks Elementary has an individuality competition, and this year, Lysander has an edge. As he sings his solo, writes about his unique qualities, and makes quick ice cream decisions without the help of a twin, he scores higher than anyone else. In the end, being the only kid without a twin pays off.
While singing a solo or choosing an ice cream flavor without a twin may seem like an easy task, this book celebrates these feats of individuality and self-sufficiency. It teaches readers to see that being unique is positive. It teaches students to include others who may be feeling left out. Most of all, this book teaches readers to have a little more self-worth and see that they are one-of-a-kind.