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Zelda and Ivy One Christmas by Laura McGee…

Zelda and Ivy One Christmas (2000)

by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

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In her third book about the fox sisters Zelda and Ivy, Kvasnosky has created a satisfying holiday story that works as either a long picture book or a transitional chapter book for girls in the primary grades. Big sister Zelda and little sister Ivy bake cookies with their neighbor, Mrs. Brownlie, and discuss their ideal Christmas gifts. ... In the second chapter the fox sisters play fortuneteller with a golden Christmas ornament, and in the third, they celebrate Christmas with surprise packages containing their longed-for gifts from the Christmas Elf (also known as their kind neighbor). ... Kvasnosky captures the dynamics between sisters with just a few deft phrases.... The jolly, flat paintings in gouache resist offer charming glimpses... [of] a place where Christmas wishes must certainly come true. There are so many series books with male characters that it’s gratifying to see a series with two female main characters who unabashedly enjoy their dolls and fancy dresses. A sweet Christmas treat.
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To the best gifts of all – John, Timothy, and Noelle
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One frosty morning, Zelda and Ivy helped their neighbor Mrs. Brownlie bake gingerbread cookies.
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A new book about the Fox sisters, otherwise known as Zelda and Ivy, is bound to bring them new fans. In this three-chapter follow-up to Zelda and Ivy and Zelda and Ivy and the Boy Next Door, the dynamic duo talks to their neighbor Mrs. Brownlie about what they want for Christmas in "Christmas Wishes." Zelda becomes the Amazing Zeldarina to foretell what they will get in "Christmas Fortunes," and finally, in "Christmas Gifts," both they and Mrs. Brownlie get exactly what they had hoped for. Laura Kvasnovsky's inimitable illustrations and deft touch with the story line capture perfectly the lives and hopes of two sisters who get along really well--on the whole. Zelda tends to order Ivy about, or not give her what she wants, but Ivy knows how to look after herself. Siblings on both sides of the age divide will appreciate both their innocent good humor and the author's way of exhibiting but not dwelling on the tensions between them. (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr

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After making a special Christmas gift for their elderly neighbor, two sisters find just what they wanted under their tree.

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