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Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways: Candlewick Sparks Hardcover – May 9, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Series: Zelda and Ivy
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763626899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763626891
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,820,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3–Another appealing offering featuring the spirited fox sisters. In the first chapter, Zelda and Ivy run away from home when cucumber sandwiches appear on the lunch menu. They take a blanket and their favorite toys to their backyard, where they can keep an eye on their parents, who don't seem to miss them at all. When they finally go back inside, they discover that their father has saved them the very sandwiches that they were trying to avoid. In the second episode, the siblings are making a time capsule to be opened in one hundred years. Zelda drops in her lucky jewel, while Ivy adds her cherished doll. It doesn't take long, however, for the sisters to realize that they can't part with their favorite possessions. The third chapter finds Ivy making a secret potion and Zelda struggling to write a haiku. Then their friend Eugene comes up with a clever way to use Ivy's concoction to ease Zelda's writing pains. Bright, expressive cartoon illustrations complement the fine writing in this beginning reader.–Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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K-Gr. 3. Adorable fox sisters Zelda and Ivy return in a beginning chapter book divided into three episodes. In the first story, Zelda rebels when she learns that Dad has made cucumber sandwiches for lunch, again: "That's it. I'm running away." Ivy follows, and after packing their essentials (pj's, Princess Mimi doll, tea set), the sisters decamp to a secluded spot in the yard. In this and in the following stories, which focus on the sisters' time capsule and on an invented love potion, Kvasnosky weaves in brisk, pitch-perfect dialogue: "I wish we had cookies," says Ivy, hiding in the yard. "Be tough," Zelda responds. Children will recognize the details and the sibling dynamics, which are nicely enhanced in the gouache pictures' saturated colors and uncluttered scenes. Whether reading alone or aloud, kids will look forward to more from the fox sisters, who find excitement and adventure in the cozy indoors as well as in familiar backyards. Gillian Engberg
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By iBeth on December 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
My two daughters LOVE Zelda and Ivy . . . and anyone who knows little girls will recognize these fun big/little sister dynamics. Well worth a read.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on July 12, 2012
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Maybe you have to have been a girl with a sister to truly appreciate the Zelda and Ivy series. I don't see what all the accolades are about. The stories are, for early readers, satisfying enough, but the plots aren't that interesting. In addition, there is no visual way to tell Zelda and Ivy apart, unless Zelda is more red and Ivy is more orange, but sometimes that's hard to distinguish. A necklace, a belt, a hair bow, a hat -- something that one of them is always wearing would really help. Then, once the sisters are visually distinguishable, their character differences might start to come out. On the positive side, the stories read smoothly and all end happily and with good feelings all around.
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