Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance (Ivy and Bean Series #6)
  • Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance (Ivy and Bean Series #6)
  • Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance (Ivy and Bean Series #6)

Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance (Ivy and Bean Series #6)

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by Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall
     
 

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Finally! After months of begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want . . . well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not cover karate chops and roundhouse kicks. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire

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Finally! After months of begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want . . . well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not cover karate chops and roundhouse kicks. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire balletcourse! When it comes time for Ivy and Bean to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, the girls must figure out a way to get out of it without breaking their promises.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
This delightful series, for more independent readers, shows how best friends learn to work together, solve problems, and have loads of surprising fun. Full of expressive black line illustrations, Book 6 has Ivy and Bean launching into ballet lessons thinking they have it made—or they are in over their heads? Will their friendship survive multiple disappointments? As the title implies and several chapters indicate, such as "Dip, Dip, Crash!" and "Bad News Beneath the Sea," unpleasant circumstances turn Ivy and Bean into master schemers. They are intent on finding a way to escape tremendous humiliation when ballet teacher Madame Joy casts them as Two Friendly Squids in her original production. As they stumble through practice sessions, they cannot believe they had begged for lessons. "We have made a terrible mistake." However, Ivy and Bean are definitely not quitters, except when it came to playing softball which was an entirely different situation. Performing "Wedding Beneath the Sea" on a real stage in a real theater as part of The World of Dance would be awesome. These best friends have incentive to remain true to their own creative devices. As plans for an aquarium field trip are announced, the girls decide to run away. An aquarium would be a quiet, safe place to lay low for awhile, and their ticket out of the ballet for good. Areas like Coastal Zones, the Kelp Forest, and where penguins, alligators, and sharks are located certainly offer possibilities. But when they come to "Life without Light: Creatures of the Deep Sea," they find the best, temporary hideaway. Or did they? Chapters called "Ocean Life Gone Bad" and "In Hot Water" tell about discovering a real squid that isquite frightening, but "oh, so interesting." Lastly, "Squidarinas" concludes the book with the girls deciding they have some authority to educate others about real squids. The once dreaded ballet production becomes exciting. It can be an artful scientific lesson that everyone will enjoy. Once again life is good, ballet is actually pretty fun. Ivy and Bean have brought readers another splendid adventure. Part of the "Ivy and Bean" series. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—Second-graders Ivy and Bean return to their mischievous ways as they beg their parents for ballet lessons. They get what they want, but class isn't exactly what they expected. Instead of the "kicking" and sword they saw in a picture of the ballet Giselle, they are disappointed to be learning positions, pliés, and how to be butterflies. When they are cast as squids in their first recital, they come up with several ideas for how to get out of performing without breaking their promise not to drop out of class. The story is solidly written, and the expressive black-and-white illustrations, some full page, add to the humor. Early chapter-book readers will appreciate and relate to the friends' dilemma.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811862660
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
10/14/2009
Series:
Ivy and Bean Series, #6
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
665,674
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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Meet the Author

Annie Barrows is the author of many books for adults, including the bestselling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Sophie Blackall is an Australian illustrator whose previous books include Ruby's Wish and Meet Wild Boars. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Berkeley, CA
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1962
Place of Birth:
San Diego, CA
Education:
University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance (Ivy and Bean Series #6) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My siser loves ivy+bean and i do to!!!!!!!!
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I love this book
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OMG LOVE IT I RECOMEND EVERY IVY+BEAN BOOK DEADLY AT BEGINING BUT AMAZINGLY AWSOME OMG WE HAVE SOME AMAZING AUTHORS IN THIS AMAZING LAND OF AMERICA HA HA HOPE YOU FOUND THID HELPFUL:):):):):):,) GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT LOVE<3,ME
LegalBeagle More than 1 year ago
Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall is the latest installment in the Ivy and Bean series. In Doomed to Dance the girls enroll in ballet lessons assuming that ballet is a form of karate in costumes and set to music. Upon discovering the true nature of ballet they scheme to evade performing their assigned squid roles in the class recital. The girls initially plot to escape their fate by trying for bodily injury or illness. When these attempts are thwarted they decide to runaway on the school field trip to the local aquarium. The girls decide that living in the aquarium is the perfect hideaway. The fun really begins with the girls' adventures at the aquarium where they learn about real life squids. Doomed to Dance is a delightful tale for age appropriate readers. Parents will also appreciate the book's educational value. The class field trip to the aquarium defines "Coastal Zones" (tide pools); uses the term "sea anemone" (water dwelling predatory animals) and vividly describes the squid the girls encounter. In short, it is clear that the authors did their aquatic homework - in fact they even thank Dr. George Matsumoto of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute "for useful information regarding squid."Careful readers will also catch the book's reference to the classic children's book: The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. Doomed to Dance is an engaging story for readers both young and old! Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 14, 2009), 122 pages Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.
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Love ivy+bean books
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Awesome book!
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The illustrations are touching,yet the humor is deliciously saugtered in depths of touch.
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This book is good........for kids! I mean seriuosly only Bertha would read these. THE KEVINATOR OUT!
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we have bought all of her books, my granddaughter and I have been reading Ivy and Bean what a good book, young girls will love to read these. They are easy to read and lots of fun.
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I really liked it, shared with all my friends
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2nd grade first book report child enjoyed the book
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