Ivy and Bean
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The Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows shows how sometimes opposites can become the best of friends exactly because they're opposites. Annie Barrow's Ivy and Bean chapter book is about Ivy and Bean - girls who are very different from each other. 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. The two seem to have nothing in common, and Bean is not interested in getting to know Ivy, despite her mother's prodding to make friends with the nice girl next door. Both girls were sure they would never like each other, but when Bean finds herself in a pickle, Ivy helps out with a magical spell. The results are glorious: Bean's sister Nancy loses her mind, and Ivy and Bean become forever friends.
Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming - and addictive - introduction to Ivy and Bean. This easy chapter book will appeal to children who are graduating from beginning readers. Winner of many awards including ALA Notable Children's Book 2007 and Booklist, Editor's Choice, Best Books of 2006. Ages 6 & up.
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