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Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy & Bean, Book 6) Hardcover – October 14, 2009

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Book 6 of 10 in the Ivy + Bean Series

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Grade 2–3—Second-graders Ivy and Bean return to their mischievous ways as they beg their parents for ballet lessons. They get what they want, but class isn't exactly what they expected. Instead of the "kicking" and sword they saw in a picture of the ballet Giselle, they are disappointed to be learning positions, pliés, and how to be butterflies. When they are cast as squids in their first recital, they come up with several ideas for how to get out of performing without breaking their promise not to drop out of class. The story is solidly written, and the expressive black-and-white illustrations, some full page, add to the humor. Early chapter-book readers will appreciate and relate to the friends' dilemma.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Friends Ivy and Bean are opposites, but in this installment of the series, they agree on one thing. They want to take ballet lessons. Their parents, having been through their enthusiasms before, insist the girls must not quit and must not complain. This is easier said than done when, after the girls realize ballet is not all spins and tutus, they are cast as friendly squid in the underwater-themed recital. Another pleasing adventure, engagingly illustrated and fun for new readers. Grades 2-4. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ivy & Bean (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811862666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811862660
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I love books that combine laugh-out-loud moments with the ah-ah moment "that could really happen to me!" Ivy and Bean is one of my favorite series for 1st - 3rd graders - I love these two friends who are so goofy and full of mischief, and yet remind me of all the things I almost did!

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.
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Normally, I don't review children's books, but I've made an exception (yes, they do happen). I remember buying a set of Ivy + Bean books for The Girl from Diary of an Eccentric because one of the books had to do with dinosaur fossils and I had read on someone's blog (not sure who) that these books were fantastic. The Girl, suffice to say, loved them and told me all about the straws up the nose and other little tidbits from her books.

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.
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My 7 year old granddaughter loves Ivy and Bean adventures. She laughs at the "Bean comments". I'm looking for books with girls that think, use good language, and are curious. I approve of Ivy and Bean. We read books 1-7 and then preordered the last book before it was even finished.
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First, some context for my review: My 7-year-old daughter in first grade LOVES Ivy + Bean, and she devours each book in a single sitting. I like that this series encourages her to read independently. I, however, am not too fond of the misbehavior depicted in the series, but I am reading the books so that I can remind my daughter, when necessary, "This makes for a good story, but you KNOW you can't do that in real life, right?"

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.
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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 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.
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