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Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy & Bean, Book 6) Hardcover – October 14, 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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. In the sixth installment, 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. This is another winner in the Ivy and Bean series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 6 year old granddaughter has just about all the books in the series and loves them more and more.Published 12 days ago by LAZ
Our 10 year-old daughter has loved Ivy and Bean for years, and was thrilled to begin reading them to her little sister. They both enjoyed the first few books. Read morePublished 19 days ago by T. Zabarsky
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 4 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 7 months ago by Linda
This book was amazing I love the people that was in it and it was a great book everybody will love it.Published 8 months ago by snowangelcold
This book is for younger kids just going on to chapter books i think it is okay. I would lime it to be longer or/and more interestingPublished 8 months ago by Cool