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Ivy and Bean (Book 3): Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record Kindle Edition

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When Bean's teacher introduces The Amazing Book of World Records, everyone in the second grade vows to set new records. Bean tries stuffing her mouth full of straws, speed washing dishes, and screaming (with predictably disastrous results); finally, Ivy involves her friend in digging for dinosaur bones so they can become the world's youngest paleontologists. Barrows' dynamic duo is as appealing here as in the first two books, and emergent readers will identify with their outrageous antics. Also intriguing are Bean's sister, Nancy (who never misses an opportunity to put down her sibling), and her ever-supportive dad, whose banana bread fixes almost any problem. Weisman, Kay

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Best friends Ivy and Bean return for a very welcome third outing. When Bean's desperate boredom forces her to the pages of The Amazing Book of World Records, she determines to break one herself, no matter what. But after her attempt to stuff 257 straws in her mouth falls short by some 217 straws, and her loudest scream fails to shatter her sister's glass octopus, she combines her newfound interest in one-of-a-kind stunts with Ivy's fascination with paleontology to purse dreams of fame in her backyard. Barrows balances the two girls' personalities perfectly, Ivy's quiet studiousness the steady counterpoint to Bean's restless ebullience. The odd happy piece of information "It took [Mary Anning] a whole year to get the whole [ichthyosaur] out. . . . Chip, chip, chip, a tiny bit at a time" is conveyed effortlessly without impinging on the terrifically childlike voice "Lookit! I got one." Blackall's black-and-white spot illustrations share equal billing with the text, punctuating the written narrative with wry, spiky visuals that capture the kids' personalities beautifully. The resolution deflates Ivy and Bean's ambitions but leaves both dignity and enthusiasm intact other record attempts can wait till tomorrow. Just right. -Kirkus Reviews

When Bean's teacher introduces The Amazing Book of World Records, everyone in the second grade vows to set new records. Bean tries stuffing her mouth full of straws, speed washing dishes, and screaming (with predictably disastrous results); finally, Ivy involves her friend in digging for dinosaur bones so they can become the world's youngest paleontologists. Barrows' dynamic duo is as appealing here as in the first two books, and emergent readers willidentify with their outrageous antics. Also intriguing are Bean's sister, Nancy (who never misses an opportunity to put down her sibling), and her ever-supportive dad, whose banana bread fixes almost any problem. -Booklist

Rambunctious second-grader Bean and her more conservative friend, Ivy, are back for another easy-chapter-book adventure. This time, a book of world records gets the class thinking of feats they can accomplish. Bean unsuccessfully (and hilariously) tries to break some records, then decides to be the youngest person to discover dinosaur bones and starts digging in the backyard. Ivy has read a book about Mary Anning, who found a dinosaur skeleton at the age of 12. Anning is held up as a model of patience and perseverance, two qualities from which Bean would benefit. Her father is home during the day, and readers see their wonderful, positive relationship. He supports their efforts and agrees that the bones they ve discovered are mysterious. It's not a terribly original story idea, but Barrows has a fine touch. Blackall's humorous drawings add to the fun. This is a great chapter book for students who have recently crossed the independent reader bridge. -School Library Journal


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  • File Size: 13910 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC; Reprint edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035D9PPU
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I could tell you a whole bunch of facts about myself--born here, went to school there, blah blah--but that doesn't seem like much fun. So I've decided to make you guys do some work. If you can figure out these puzzles, you'll know all sorts of interesting things about me. And many of them are true, too.

1. I was born in a year with a 2 in it. Also a 6.
2. I was born in a city in California that begins with an S and has eight letters total.
3. The first time I moved, I couldn't move.
4. My best friend lived next door, had four older brothers and sisters, and a name that rhymes with Gabe. She had thirty-seven plastic horses and one real horse.
5. My first job was in a place with lots of books. My second job was in a place with lots of sugar. My third job was in a different place with lots of books.
6. I went to college in a town with a K in it and I studied a subject that ends in Y.
7. After I was done with college, I got a job. And then another one. And then there was one after that. Don't worry about it.
8. One of the following things is not true: I have been up in a hot air balloon. I have six toes on one of my feet. I can read palms.
9. I have written fifteen books under three different names. See if you can figure out what they are.
10. I have two pets. They are bigger than a bar of soap and smaller than a shoe, and they really like parsley.

Have fun!
Annie Barrows



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Format: Paperback
My 8-year-old daughter & I really enjoyed reading this book together. She's in 3rd grade & it's a great reading level for her. I didn't have to help her out much at all. We both really enjoyed the story & the pictures. We can't wait to read more in this series. At one point in the story Bean does yell "Shut Up!" to her sister & I know some parents won't like that but to me, that's seems pretty normal with siblings & I think most go through that at some point & hopefully children reading this book will know that it's not nice to say something like that. We really liked this book & I'd highly recommend it. My age recommendation would be 7-11.
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I have been reading the IVY & BEAN series aloud to my 6.5-year-old twins (and their 3-year-old baby sister) and they love it. We are on book 2 and both the text and illustrations are so well done. Bravo to the publisher, the writer, and the illustrators for so elegantly interweaving text and art and dialogue and getting the target audience with no talking down, no bad grammar, no brattiness. . . . Fabulous series. Can't wait for book 4! BRAVO!
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A Kid's Review on August 1, 2010
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I am seven years old I have read Ivy and Bean book 1 2 and 3. I love Ivy and Bean because they are super funny. They are always up to no good! Bean's big sister Nancy, is always trying to be mean! When I read it I drift off the universe! It teaches me to never give up.
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A Kid's Review on January 29, 2009
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The title of the book I read is Ivy and Bean Breaks the Fossil Record, Book 3. The authors are Annie Barr and Sophie Blackall. The main characters are Ivy and Bean. This book is the third chapter book about two second grade friends who are totally different. The point of the first book was don't judge a person by the way they look or dress, because you might like them and become best friends with them like Ivy and Bean.

This book starts out with Bean reading the Amazing Book of World Records, so after class Bean decides to read the book with her friends in the playground. One record was that a kid stuck 159 clothespins on his face. One of the kids came up with the idea of trying to beat the world record in the records. They all tried to break the records. Emma tried to break the record of putting 15 spoons on her face at one time. Another kid tried to eat 500 M&M candies. Bean tried to break the record of putting 257 straws in her mouth at once, but she ended up choking and spitting them all out. She then took one of her sister Nancy's fragile glass octopus sculptures and tried to sing as loud as possible to break the glass and break the world record but she could not break the glass. Finally, Ivy was talking about famous paleontologists who studied dinosaur bones, and Ivy and Bean got the idea to look for dinosaur bones so they could become the youngest paleontologists in the world. They found some bones in Bean's backyard and told a bunch of kids at school that they found dinosaur bones, but the kids didn't believe them. Bean told her dad too, but he said he didn't think they were dinosaur bones, but you never know. Suddenly, Ivy jumped up and made an announcement to all the kids about the bones. You will have to read the book to find out if they were really dinosaur bones.
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Fossils. What is better than fossils in your backyard. Who doesn't remember digging for fossils in the driveway?
My granddaughter, who is just starting chapter books, likes to read these books and/or have them read along to her. Why?
Ivy and Bean are friends. Good friends. Being a friend and having a friend is an important thing, and appeals to my reader.
Ivy and Bean have very different personalities. It's not a good girl/bad girl deal. Kids who generally behave well but sometimes mess up are also appealing, and identifiable.
Most Ivy and Bean adventures arise from goofy stuff that pops into their heads, (ghosts, finding fossils, and so on). Well, my girl can't actually do magic either, but she understands pretending really hard.
It's not a lot of fancy princess stuff. That was fine, but we're moving away from that. (But there is a lot of dressing-up from the dress-up box; and that's fine.)
The parents are loving and supportive. That is a great comfort, and I simply do not understand kids' light entertainment, (as opposed to "problem"), books that feature idiot, distant, or absent parents.
Everything is fueled by their imagination, which, apart from building reading skills, seems like it should be the point of these types of books.

So, dive in anywhere, the books don't have to be read in order, and just have a nice reading experience.
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My six-year-old daughter loves to read and has recently started reading chapter books. Once she got over her obsession with the Junie B. Jones series, I managed to get her interested in the Cam Jansen series of books and then I discovered the Ivy and Bean series. 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!). These traits appeal to my daughter as she is quite the adventurer herself, and the chapters are relatively short, which makes it easy for her to read independently. The books average about 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 that appear in each chapter add to the appeal of these books. In the third installment in the Ivy and Bean series, the girls find themselves involved in a fun activity - they decide to unearth the most fossils to break the world record and get into the book of world records! The story is so much fun to read that I was actually listening as my daughter read the story to me! Highly recommended for reluctant readers and for those who are just beginning chapter books.
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