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Ivy & Bean (Book 1) Paperback – May 3, 2007
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\\\"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. \\\" Lisa Von Drasek, Children\\\'s Librarian, Bank Street College of Education
- Publisher : Chronicle Books; Reprint edition (May 3, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0811849090
- ISBN-13 : 978-0811849098
- Reading age : 6 - 10 years
- Lexile measure : 580L
- Grade level : 1 - 5
- Item Weight : 6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.38 x 7.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do they do things you wouldn't want your kids doing? Sure. Is there talk about how they can sneakily manipulate sympathy from their parents? Sure. Are they a couple of little stinkers for a good part of the book? You bet.
I say all of this because I've seen some reviews here that make the book sound like it's a manual for a misbehaving child or something. Kids are going to like stories like this about kids getting away with all kinds of trouble, but that doesn't mean that this book is going to turn a kid from say "normal kid" (whatever THAT means) into some hellian that's out of control. There are consequences to their actions at the end anyway, so there you go.
As a Dad of a five year old girl who's trying to get my daughter interested in longer chapter books I think this book is great because she loved it and theres like ten more in the series I think, so she get a lot more entertainment from Ivy and Bean.
This story starts out with Bean, your typical tomboy who is very satisfied to have fun. Her mother tries to get her to be friends with Ivy, who to Bean seems to be your typical Goodie-Two-Shoes and thus dismisses her. One day however while attempting to play a prank on her older sister Bean finds out that perhaps Ivy is far more mischief-filled than she had first thought. The reader is then taken on a wild neighborhood adventure with a humorous conclusion.
Regarding the danger that some might find in the play, such as walking fences, causing people to fall in the mud… I have to say that these are normal things for children to get up to. Children inherently desire to take risks. Climbing trees and hiding in bushes is low key. I have noted that more and more people try to tame and insulate children. Is it any wonder now that the current young generation looks for escape and outlet via their electronics? This book hearkens back to an earlier time, the sort that can still be found in some rural communities even if the suburbs and cities try to snuff out explorative play.
I highly recommend this book and series, especially for those that are looking for a light hearted and swift read. Children’s books don’t have to only be enjoyed by children.