The twin friends by Kim Kane

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Ginger Green, Playdate queen series. Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017. ISBN 9781760129606
(Age: 5-8) Recommended. Friendship. Problem solving. Ginger Green is the playdate queen but runs into trouble when the twins Georgie and Zara, come to play. First of all Ginger has problems trying to work out who is who and then there are more problems when they start to play games that are designed for two players and not three. The twins begin to fight and Ginger has to work out ways to keep everyone happy.
Ginger is a most resourceful young girl. Determined to live up to her name of playdate queen, she decides that playing 'families' would involve three players, rather than always having one person left out when playing Connect Four and Checkers. This keeps everyone happy for a while but then the twins disappear and are found playing babies in the park. Ginger has to come up with a clever solution to include all three of them in a game that keeps them occupied for quite a while.
This is a gentle, humorous story that will appeal to children who are just moving from picture books to chapter books. The dilemma of having three people playing together is solved neatly and in a way that would give children hints on how to handle difficult social situations.
Readers who enjoyed this will be happy to find other books about Ginger Green and will delight in the gorgeous illustrations of the little foxes in clothes.
Pat Pledger