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Heads up to parents
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
I bought a series of Ivy and Bean books, for my 6 yr old daughter, after reading a lot of the great reviews here on Amazon. I thought these would be age appropriate, fun books, about the ups and downs of friendship and bonding for young girls. But, “age appropriate” is clearly different for everyone. For us, after the first few pages of this book, we became concerned about reading how two young girls poked themselves until they bled, in a seance type of setting, and seeing a picture of the two girls with blood on their hands, smiling. Once we saw this, we began flipping through some of the pages, and quickly realized that we did not feel comfortable reading this to our daughter, due to the darker content than we expected. So, we learned that, unless we read the book ourselves, it’s hard to determine this, based on Amazon reviews, or the back cover overview. I am not against fun and light ghost stories, and fantasy books, but at age 6, I think it should be a bit less dark and and sends an irresponsible message to young girls, in my opinion. So, we were disappointed by this book series, and decided to return them all, unfortunately. But, don’t take my word for it… I’d just say, as a heads up for parents, who are buying books based on the many positive reviews, and how it’s being marketed... I suggest reading some of each book, before handing them over to your young children, to be sure you know the content is appropriate for your family values. Especially since, every family is different, in terms of what they feel is or is not appropriate content, depending on the age of their children.