What a Pair begins with a brief background to the Amish community. This is valuable information, since it introduces readers to the lifestyle of the book’s main characters, Mark and Mattie.
Mark and Mattie are nine-year-old twins, who reside in an Amish community in Holmes County, Ohio and bicker just like any other brother and sister. They manage to get themselves into any number of sticky situations, but realize that teamwork is the key to it all.
This is a delightful chapter book for youngsters. It’s wonderful when books can expose children to different cultures and lifestyles and the Double Trouble series certainly does that. Children find that they’re not so different from most other kids their age. There is also positive parental role modeling going on here as well. I’d have to say that What a Pair is an all-around positive book for children.
There are fourteen brief chapters, with each chapter centered on a particular adventure or activity. This is sure to keep youngsters entertained and amused. What’s great about this book is that it should appeal to both boys and girls. The stories aren't overly simplistic, nor are they difficult, so this book is definitely appropriate for its intended audience. Highly recommended!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton