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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging chapter books for young girls, ages 6-9, November 25, 2011
This review is from: Ivy and Bean Super special Collection (Books 1-8) (Ivy Bean) (Hardcover)
The Ivy and Bean series of books will appeal to girls ages 6-9. My daughter loves the central characters, Bean and her best friend Ivy. The girls are precocious, intelligent, and always up to some adventure (or misadventure, depending on how one looks at it!). The chapters are relatively short, which make it easy for her to read independently. The books average about 100-120 pages, and she manages to read up to 40 pages per sitting (around 45 minutes).

What I found to be fascinating was that the plot for each story is so well-written and developed that my daughter could not stop once she started reading! I usually sit with her and supervise her reading, helping out with some difficult words, and she gets so involved with the story that she just keeps on reading. This to me is the mark of a good book, one that entices a young reader to keep reading. The language is not dumbed down, on the contrary, there are some challenging words which I help my daughter with (pronunciation and definition, if necessary).

The black and white illustrations by Sophie Blacksall that appear in each chapter add to the appeal of these books. This boxed set contains books 1-8, and focuses on the friendship and adventures of two seven-year-old girls Ivy and Bean who live in the same neighborhood. Initially, Bean (who has short dark hair) does not care to play with Ivy (who has red hair), but an unusual 'meeting' results in the beginning of a lovely and fun friendship!

The second book, Ivy and Bean And the Ghost that Had to Go, and the third book, Ivy and Bean Break The Fossil Record also contain engaging plots. The black and white illustrations which are abundant throughout the books kept my young daughter who is a visual learner eager to read on to discover what happens in the story.

In the fourth installment, "Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter", Bean is horrified when her parents decide to allow Nancy, Bean's older sister (and nemesis) to babysit Bean while her parents attend a play. In the fifth title in the series, "Ivy and Bean Bound to Be Bad", Ivy, inspired by the story of St. Francis thinks it would be cool to be so pure of heart and help neighborhood bully Matt to become good. Of course, things never always go as intended in the world of Ivy and Bean.

In Book 6, Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance, Ivy and Bean are initially excited about being in a ballet. To their horror, they find out their teacher has cast them in roles they find embarrassing! How are they to get out of this? The story is funny and will have little ones in stitches. My young daughter was laughing most of the time as she read this.

In Book Seven, Ivy and Bean What's the Big Idea, the girls are informed by their teacher, Ms. Aruba-Tate that there is to be a science fair at their school. The theme is global warming, and the children in the class are told to come up with interesting projects. Of course, Ivy and Bean are raring to go and devise all sorts of strange and interesting experiments, but nothing seems to work. The girls do eventually come up with a unique project that will warm readers' hearts!

In the eighth installment, Ivy and Bean No News is Good News, Ivy and Bean are envious of their classmates who all appear to have the coveted ball of cheese in the red wax packaging. The children use the piece of wax to make all sorts of things like 'boogers', mustaches, etc. When Bean's mom refuses to buy the cheese because it is too expensive, the girls devise a scheme to earn money on their own so that they can buy the cheese themselves. Their half-baked schemes are so creative and funny that I could not help laughing as my daughter read the story out loud night after night. What will the girls think of next and will it work?

This series is perfect for young readers who are attaining fluency as independent readers and the sentences are just the right length to encourage and stimulate young readers' motivation to read. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, March 2, 2014
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My daughter really enjoys this collection of books. She simply loves them. We will continue to be fans if these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Choice, February 10, 2014
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Thank you. These books were more than I expected. My girls have really enjoyed them. Perfect for 6-8 year olds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ivy and Bean boxed collection, February 6, 2014
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Set came perfectly packaged and Brand New condition. I was shocked that I could get the whole set of hard bound books for the price of one hard bound book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, January 18, 2014
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It was a great challenge for our great grand daughter. She was surprised and said it just what she wanted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice set, January 14, 2014
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A very nice set of books that can be ready by children who know how to read. Great gift set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, January 8, 2014
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Ordered the books for my granddaughter for Christmas. These books are her favorite. She hasn't put them down. She loved it!! Thank you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Books, March 15, 2012
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I got the set for my daughter who just turned 6. When it came, she started to read the first book all on her own. She loves it and is reading book 2 right now.
Great hardcover books with big, easy to read prints and nice illustrations.
I was lucky and got the whole set for $13.xx. Don't think I'd pay $99 for the set though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We love these girls!!, April 24, 2014
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Ivy and Bean are imaginative role models for young girls. The illustrations add so much humor. The story lines hold a child's interest form beginning to end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Books, December 27, 2013
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My grandson loves these books. I recommend any child that can read boy or girl would love these books..great books
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Ivy and Bean Super special Collection (Books 1-8) (Ivy Bean)
Ivy and Bean Super special Collection (Books 1-8) (Ivy Bean) by Annie Barrows (Hardcover - November 22, 2011)
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