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Ivy and Bean What's the Big Idea? (Book 7) Hardcover – September 22, 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 275 customer reviews
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"Annie Barrows accomplishes the almost impossible task of reflecting the world of second grader, creating the tension and drama of family and friendships in language that can be read easily by child who recently graduated from easy readers to early chapter books. " - Lisa Von Drasek, Children's Librarian, Bank Street College of Education
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ivy and Bean (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811866920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866927
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Ivy & Bean books were among the first "long" books my first-grade daughter could read on her own, and she loves them. I love that they are much better literature than the Rainbow Magic series she also adores. I'd say they are more like the Ramona books: they're not formulaic like so many modern "early chapter book" series; each book in the series tells a different engaging story. Ivy and Bean are realistic characters who have realistic relationships with their parents, neighbors, classmates, and teachers.

This boxed set was a Christmas gift much appreciated by the six-year-old recipient. The vinyl-sticker paper dolls that come with the set are very nice quality and a fun extra.
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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 100-120 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 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 that appear in each chapter add to the appeal of these books. This boxed set is a value buy since it contains three of the Ivy and Bean books, i.e. Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter, Ivy and Bean Bound to Be Bad, and Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance. In addition, there is a bonus in the form of 2 stand-up Ivy and Bean dolls, plus four sheets of removable plastic wardrobe stickers which provide hours of fun for young children.
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I have a daughter who is 7. The Ivy and Bean series is one of our favorites that we read every night. I strongly suggest them. Good story with interesting content and very nice language and pictures, etc..
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Ivy and Bean is my favorite kids series to read with my first grader. Reminiscent of the Ramona series, Ivy and Bean contains characters with good hearts and kid reasoning that occasionally causes trouble. We have loved every one of these books.

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.
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My seven year old is a big reader and loves this series. I find the books to be fun and cute without the words being too difficult. The only downside for us is that my daughter is reading them faster than they're being written. I wouldn't suggest this as an independent reader for newer readers (those just coming out of the Step readers etc) unless you are reading it with them. We like to pick one book to read together and take turns reading pages. I've found that it helps my daughter remember what she's read more and I get a better sense of what the books are about without having to pre-read them.
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These books have been our daughters favorites for a couple of years. Great early reader books. The stories are charming and full of fun and life lessons. Our daughter didn't just read these once, she read them over and over. They kept her interest and when other friends were discussing these books, she had fun talking about the stories too! They are age appropriate and funny. Great boxed set to get for kids! I am really pleased with this set. We have enjoyed these books so much, we plan to put them away for our daughter for when she has kids (years from now)!!
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Purchased this second set for my 7 year old who absolutely loves to read but is new to the Ivy and bean series of books , I was very hopeful that she would enjoy the stories , to my surprise she actually fell in love with the entertaining characters in the stories immediately and has already read each book twice and is ready for set number 3 . My only regret was not purchasing the books sooner . Highly recommend these for that special child in your life .
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