The girls are back and better than ever!
Ivy and Bean return in their fifth story in which both girls take their goodness to a new level.
Ivy, having heard about St. Francis, thinks it might be nice to be so pure of heart that animals follow her around. She tries to get Bean to be good, and then to be bad, so that she can reform her and the neighborhood bully, Matt, in the process.
Annie Barrows accomplishes the almost impossible task of reflecting the world of second grader, creating the tension and drama of family and friendships in language that can be read easily by child who recently graduated from easy readers to early chapter books.
We loved the first box set, and we love this one, too.
These stories are great at not only getting your little girl 'into' reading, but teaching her valuable lessons along the way. Meeting new people, getting along and learning how people are different is a big part of growing up (and being an adult as well). Those are just a few reasons we love Ivy & Bean.
From the Author, Annie Barrows:
One of the big problems of being a kid is that your parents often try to make you play with people you don 't really like. My parents were forever trying to get me to like the kids of their friends. These kids were often weird. I didn 't want to play with them. It was a problem.
I remembered that when I was writing the first Ivy and Bean. Ivy and Bean are very different. Bean is loud and wild and goofy. She loves to be involved in games and poke her nose in other people 's business. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas. She spends most of her time learning how to be a witch. Each girl thinks the other one is weird. Each girl thinks she could never be friends with the other. Especially because their parents keep nagging them about it.
But sometimes opposites can become the best of friends because they 're opposites. For example, people who like to talk need people who like to listen. And people with great ideas need people who can put those ideas into action. For Ivy and Bean, their differences mean that they have more fun together than they could ever have separately. It also means that, together, they do more wacky things than any one kid could ever dream up. The Ivy and Bean books are about the adventures = and disasters = created by this unlikely team. And since their motto seems to be Why not? there 's every reason to believe that their capers and catastrophes will continue for quite a while.
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