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Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows
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Ivy + Bean (2006)

by Annie Barrows

Other authors: Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)

Series: Ivy & Bean (1)

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    Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (lquilter)
    lquilter: Both the Clementine and the Ivy & Bean series are about early elementary kids who are creative & funny, and often in trouble.
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Themes: Big sisters, friends, magic, & fun.

Good for read aloud if your students are too young to read it themselves.
  Jessica_Diaz | Aug 14, 2017 |
Summary: Ivy & Bean (Book 1) is about a little girl named Bean (real name Beatrice) and her sister, Nancy. Bean's mom wants her to be friends with Ivy- but Bean thinks they are opposites, and that Ivy is weird. One day Bean decides to play a trick on her sister by tying a string to a $20 bill and hiding in a bush. When Bean sees Ivy sitting alone in a black robe, she pretends to be a ghost in the bush. When Bean's trick fails, Ivy helps Bean escape and hide in her backyard. Bean learns that Ivy is learning to be a witch, and Ivy tells Bean about spells she has been working on. They decide to put a dancing spell on Nancy, but first have to secure some worms. They sneak through neighbors yard, including a dog-poop invested one, and a not so happy Mrs. Trantz who threatens to call Bean's mom. When they finally make it to Bean's yard, they pull up a bunch of worms- but are caught by Nancy. While running from Nancy, Bean throws the worms in her face, and Ivy and Bean take cover in a playhouse. While trying to catch the girls, Nancy slips in a mud puddle, and the girls agree that the spell has worked! Although Bean loses video privileges and dessert, the girls plan to play together again and create potions.

Personal Connection: I liked the friendship that is formed between the two girls, but did find Bean to be pretty nasty- she said some unkind things about Ivy and I was surprised that the two became friends. Overall, it was a quick read and I can see many adventures unfolding for these two buddies!

Extras:
-Meet the author: https://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=3989&a=1
-Author website: http://anniebarrows.com/
-Author interview: http://greatkidbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/great-kid-books-talks-with-annie.htm...
-Ivy & Bean series website: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/landing-pages/ivyandbean/

Application to Teaching: I think this book would be ideal for independent reading in second grade, especially in a unit on series! These girls are likeable, and since they are quite different, would appeal to many readers. I could also use this as a read aloud in first grade, but may need to skip some of Bean's snarkier comments. ( )
  alliecipolla | Jul 27, 2017 |
I thought this was a really good book because it was interesting that two girls who didn't like each other ending up liking each other. One girl thought the other was boring, but it turned out that she wasn't after all. One word spread into a friendship when one of the girls said 'hide'. ( )
  ms.ameenahgrace | Jun 14, 2017 |
Story of two unlikely friends who are bonded and complimented by their differences, especially when bean plays a trick on her big sister and Ivy is able to help her hide! The beginning of a longer series of books.
  savannahgatesstacy | Nov 29, 2016 |
Ivy + Bean is known as a New York Times bestselling series. This book was the first of the series which introduced the friendship of Ivy and Bean. It is a great book for older elementary students, especially for those in the second and third grade. Not only is Ivy + Bean age appropriate, it is spilt into different chapters which helps separate the book for young children. I would recommend this text for any student that is ready to move on to a longer and more detailed story. I also enjoyed this specific text because the author did a great job keeping the story interesting while supporting the text with some illustrations. Lastly, I enjoyed how I can hear the tone of each character in my head while reading. I think hearing the tone of the characters helped me differentiate between them, while also keeping an interest in finding out more. ( )
  CheyenneSnider | Sep 6, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0811849090, Paperback)

In this first book in Annie Barrows' bestselling series, young readers will meet Ivy and Bean--a dynamic duo like no other. The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quick Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean. This series is perfect for readers ages 6-9.


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When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

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