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Zelda and Ivy: The Big Picture PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• Zelda and Ivy is a very good Learn to Read book/series.
• It is a the story of two sibling foxes, Zelda and Ivy, and their neighbor Eugene.
• The chapters are continuous, as opposed to small, short unrelated stories as often found at this reading level. This is
   particularly helpful to move a young reader along to more challenging books by allowing them to practice retaining
   characters and plotlines.
• Humorous touches and realistic sibling interactions dominate this amusing series.
Sweet Book Summary:
Zelda is Ivy's big sister and Eugene is their neighbor. In this cute Learn to Read book, they have 3 different adventures together. In the first story they go to the movies and even though Ivy is afraid, she makes it through the movie from under her seat. In the second story, Ivy and Zelda are neighborhood spies trying to figure out what that sneaky Mrs. Brownlie is up to while mowing her lawn. Finally, in the third chapter, Zelda saves their campout when a rainstorm hits.

Zelda and Ivy is a fine series of books in the Learn to Read category. I especially like the format of the continuous chapters for newly independent readers to feel like they are progressing to chapter books, when they are not quite ready for real chapters. I have read a few of the Zelda and Ivy books and they are all pleasant stories with some sly humor and very realistic family interactions. I am not bowled over, however. But this series is very respectable and perfect to quench your new readers thirst for books at their beginner level. Just head to James Howe's Houndsley and Catina or Keith Baker's Mr. and Mrs. Green first.
Author: Laura McGee Kvasnosky Illustrator: Laura McGee Kvasnosky Published: 2010, 48 pages
Themes: Animals, Friendship, Excellent Read-Aloud, Humor
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• What do you do when something scares you?
• Has something ever worked out not as you have planned?
• How do you feel when something doesn't work out as you have planned? What do you do about it?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Green, Keith Baker
Houndsley and Catina, James Howe
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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