|What You Need to Know:
• The traditional story of two unlikely friends is told here in a more contemporary way.
• The cover and illustrations are funky, whimsical and very current.
• It offers a good message, not to make judgments based on first impressions.
• There are no concerns over identity or fitting in. Being an individual is a good thing.
• There is lots of sibling rivalry, a few pranks and some minor trouble for the girls.
|Sweet Series Background:
Ivy & Bean is the story of two very different friends who also happen to be very imaginative, quirky and entertaining characters. Whether in their neighborhood or at school, they find adventure and fun together, although they sometimes “forget” to listen or follow the rules and end up trying to find their way out of a mess.
|Sweet Book Summary:
In the first book in this series, seven year old Bean isn't interested in meeting the new girl across the street because she thinks she looks boring. Then she decides to play a trick on her older sister and the new girl, Ivy, comes to her rescue. The girls realize that neither of them are what the other thought they would be and that together they actually make a pretty good team. Ivy is into magic and spells. Bean is a little on the wild side. Together they're a winning combination. The story also shows that not only can friends be different, but their families can be too. Ivy & Bean is a great selection for those who have recently become comfortable reading on their own. The characters are funny, the storyline is easy to follow, and the focus is on events and actions more than thoughts and feelings.
|Author: Annie Barrows Illustrator: Sophie Blackal Published: 2007, 120 pages
Themes: Family LIfe, Friendship, Individuality, Magic
|Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Are you more like Ivy or Bean?
• Why do the girls become such good friends?
• What are the characteristics of a good friend?
• Do you have to be similar to someone to be friends with them?
• Why do people make assumptions based on first impressions?
• Is it better to judge people on first impressions or wait until you get to know them? Is this answer always the same?
• Although the girls are very different, where do they find common ground?
|This recommendation was written by: Melissa G.
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