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Ivy and Bean What's the Big Idea? (Book 7) Hardcover – September 22, 2010
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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
Ivy and Bean What's the Big Idea does not disappoint. Reading this book aloud I actually laughed so hard we had to stop reading for a few minutes. The chapters are short, the vocabulary is manageable and the characters are admirable, and the message is positive. I wish there were 100 books in this series. Unlike the Junie B. Jones series, the characters are well-behaved and have good intentions. Although they have flawed reasoning, they have good hearts and try to good.
My only complaint (and it is really my daughter's complaint) is that the cover is misleading. The girls never mix anything in beakers. The illustration on the cover of our book has the girls' teeth looking strangely gray.
Annie Barrows has a gift with words and children relate to her. I highly recommend this book.
That said, the book provides a way to broach a very difficult topic with kids and the information is accurate and truthful. I appreciate that the author didn't sugar coat such a serious topic. She empowers kids as well and shows how they can change adults and the world.
I just wish we had been ready to such a serious topic - its like reading a book about cancer - you want to know what you are getting into rather than expecting to laugh for the next half hour and instead ending up in tears.
In my opinion, this book is one of the better ones, more in the league of Book 3 ("Break the Fossil Record") and Book 9 ("Make the Rules").
I really like Ms. Aruba-Tate. She's such a great teacher. I loved the way she put words to the way the class was feeling (on page 33): "I'm hearing that you are very worried about global warming. I'm feeling sorry that you're worried, but I'm also feeling glad that you care so much about the earth."
The entire school is having a science fair, and everyone in Ms. Aruba-Tate's class needs to come up with an idea on how to solve the global warming problem. Ivy and Bean's classmates came up with some pretty amusing ideas, and I have to say, Ivy and Bean's final idea was creative while also making a good point.
I like that this book shows the girls engaged in science, and it also introduces an important real-life issue. At one point, Ivy mentions "Lisa Something", and once again, I wondered why the actual historical figure (in this case, Lise Meitner, a woman who helped discover nuclear fission) wasn't mentioned by name. (Book 5 - "Bound to be Bad" - neglects to mention St. Francis of Assisi by name.) As it turned out, though, Lise Meitner was identified in the book's appendix, in which the author further discussed global warming.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 overly simplified, 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 seventh installment, Ivy and Bean are informed by their teacher, Ms. Aruba-Tate that there is to be 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. What will the girls think of next and will it work? This is another winner in the Ivy and Bean series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's amazing book and give me hope. I'm so happy to read this book and I can easily read it because the quality is really fantastic.Published 3 months ago by Ronald Sandking
Great Book!!! I'm happy reading this book and I can see the letter clearly. Love this book and give me a good challenge to my life...Published 3 months ago by Alan Great Ben
Annie Barrows has done very nice work. It has fun, comedy,laughs...all of it! It has some cool stuff in it too. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fourtune Teller
The book was funny and exciting. I liked it because it brings attention to what is going on in the world.Published 9 months ago by john hulbert
My Mom bought my daughter the first set and now I just bought book 7-10. She is 8 and absolutely loves these books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by jessica Mcfarlane
Bean and ivy are at it again global warming!!!!polar bears will die and seals but if we stop global warming that won't happenPublished 11 months ago by APAT
My granddaughter loves these books, she now has them all...by the way her name is BeanPublished 11 months ago by Chenoa Jorgensen