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Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy & Bean, Book 6) Hardcover – October 14, 2009
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Don't we all know kids who have begged, and I mean begged, for something? A puppy? a new toy? a glittering pair of shoes? Well, Ivy and Bean have seen amazing pictures of ballet dancers and they're sure that it's the perfect thing for them. Giselle kicks her pointed toe so fiercely toward the duke that she's surely going to snap his head off. And the Wilis get to dance with these cool long flowing finger nails, as they dance the duke to death! What kid wouldn't want to do that?! So Ivy and Bean beg, and beg, and beg with wobbly lower lips to take ballet class. They promise that it will be different than ice skating or softball. And they promise: no quitting. And NO complaining. But that's before they know ... how ballet classes really are. Especially when you get assigned the roles of the squid in the final performance.
If your child has fun with this series, they'll enjoy this latest book. It's a great series to read aloud to kindergartners or 1st graders, or for 2nd & 3rd graders to read by themselves.
Ivy and Bean are typical second-grade girls who are willing to try just about anything, and they sometimes find themselves getting into trouble or at least over their heads. In Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy & Bean, Book 6), the girls read a book about ballet and decide that they should take ballet, so they can become ballerinas in Giselle. The only problem is that ballet is not as fun or easy as it seems.
While Ivy and Bean get into trouble -- and what kid doesn't? -- they always manage to find the positive in their situation or make amends. Some of the funniest scenes in this book are when Ivy and Bean try to get sick on purpose, having other kids cough and sneeze all over them. Young readers will laugh out loud at the antics of these young girls, and parents will enjoy these books because of the lessons they teach about responsibility and imagination. Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy & Bean, Book 6) is a fun read at nearly 130 pages, and these characters will worm their way into kids hearts easily.
I was so pleased to find that, unlike some other books in this series, this book did not include any mean-spirited behavior at all! Even when safety was disregarded, the book stayed within my comfort zone.
In this book, Ivy and Bean are convinced that they will love ballet, and they beg their parents for lessons. Not surprisingly, they hate it. Fortunately, their parents had the foresight to allow them to take lessons only under one condition: The girls can not quit. Moreover, they must participate in the recital.
To the girls' disappointment, the recital has an underwater theme, and they are cast as squids. Seriously, who wants to be a squid!? I don't blame the girls for wanting to find a way out of having to perform in the recital. They come up with some crazy ideas, and settle on running away.
Once again, the author makes reference to something in real life - in this case, the book "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler" (I had to Google the connection) - and I had to wonder why the book was not mentioned by name. ("Bound to be Bad" references St. Francis of Assisi, but not by name, and "What's the Big Idea" mentions "Lisa Something" in the story, but doesn't identify the person as Lise Meitner until the appendix.Read more ›
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Hi! I'm 8.Too bad Amazon won't let me give this book more than 5 stars,because it deserves 7,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars.It is so funny!Published 1 month ago by Katherine Florey
My granddaughter so enjoys this series; she received the first book in a book-swap at school and we couldn't wait to get the rest!Published 2 months ago by Melinda G.
My 6 year old granddaughter has just about all the books in the series and loves them more and more.Published 4 months ago by LAZ
I like the way that that pretended to be Gisele. This book is really funny and cool. I think that everyone who likes theses books are cool and has a great taste in booksPublished 7 months ago by Robin Evans
I purchased volumes six thru ten for my granddaughter. She loves this series. Added benefit, she's spending her down time reading! Highly recommend for any young girl.Published 10 months ago by Linda