Ivy and Bean What's the Big Idea? (Ivy and Bean Series #7)

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It's the Science Fair, and the second grade is all over it! Some kids are making man-eating robots. Some kids are holding their breath for a very, very long time. Some kids are doing interesting things with vacuum cleaners. The theme, obviously, is global warming. But what should Ivy and Bean do? Something involving explosions? Or ropes? Something with ice cubes? Or maybe . . . maybe something different.
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Overview

It's the Science Fair, and the second grade is all over it! Some kids are making man-eating robots. Some kids are holding their breath for a very, very long time. Some kids are doing interesting things with vacuum cleaners. The theme, obviously, is global warming. But what should Ivy and Bean do? Something involving explosions? Or ropes? Something with ice cubes? Or maybe . . . maybe something different.
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The cute, adventurous elementary school pair of Ivy and Bean are back again, this time mulling over what seems like an insolvable problem: What will they do for their global warming science project? Brain-stimulating enjoyment.

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 - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Second-graders Bean and Ivy learn about global warming in their latest adventure. After hearing a presentation from fifth-graders about how the world will become desert-like, and how polar bears are endangered, they are glum. They are cheered by the news that the theme for the science fair will be global warming, and embark on trying out different ideas. Ivy and Bean experiment with ice cubes, rice and other things around them, and ultimately come up with a plan that gets parents involved. The fair culminates in them bringing a group of adults outside and having them lay down in the woods, breathing in fresh air, which makes the adults feel in touch with nature and care about global warming. The last chapter is called "Why Can't We Just Throw Ice Cubes in the Air?" that fleshes out scientific theories touched upon by Ivy and Bean, such as nuclear fission and tree-planting. Despite a heavy theme, Barrows is an adept writer whose characters never lose their optimism about saving the world. Ivy and Bean are excellent role models, and their adventure makes science go down easy. Elementary school readers will latch onto the girls and their lives, whether it's playing outside, being harassed by fifth-graders, or getting into trouble with parents. The illustrations lend depth to the story. While it is Book 7 in the "Ivy and Bean" series, readers do not need to have read the previous books to understand or relate to the characters. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811866927
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/22/2010
  • Series: Ivy and Bean Series , #7
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 643,082
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Annie Barrows

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.

Biography

A voracious reader (but an admittedly poor speller!), Annie Barrows grew up in northern California. One of her first jobs, while she was still in school, was re-shelving books in one of her favorite haunts, the public library. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Medieval History. After graduation, she went to work for a publisher, editing books in many different fields.

Bitten by the writing bug, Barrows received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from California's Mills College. She wrote several books on such diverse topics as fortune telling, urban legends, and opera before branching into children's literature. In June of 2006, she released Ivy and Bean, the first award-winning book in a series about two young girls who become best friends in spite of their differences. In 2007, she published The Magic Half, a standalone children's fantasy about the middle child (between two sets of twins) who travels back in time and befriends a young girl in need of her help.

In addition, Barrows and her aunt, the late Mary Ann Shaffer, collaborated on a post-WWII epistolary novel entitled The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Conceived by Shaffer, the novel was accepted for publication in 2006, shortly before Shaffer fell ill. Barrows stepped in to complete the project, and the book was published in 2008 to positive reviews.

Good To Know

Here are some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Annie Barrows:
  • I can read palms. I learned when I was researching a book on fortune-telling, and I figure it's my back-up career if this writing thing doesn't work out. I can also read head lumps, but no thanks.

  • In my house, we have a Museum of Despair. The collection includes a burst pipe; the wire hanger that was being used to open my car when I surprised the thief; the stitches from my daughter's knee; a bottle of vodka so old that it's a product of the Soviet Union; and a broken thermometer.

  • There are two quotations stuck to the wall over my desk. Here they are: .

    "But how could it be true, Sir?" said Peter.
    "Why do you say that?" asked the Professor.
    "Well, for one thing," said Peter, "if it was real why doesn't everyone find this country every time they go to the wardrobe? I mean, there was nothing there when we looked; even Lucy didn't pretend there was."
    "What has that to do with it?" said the Professor.
    "Well, Sir, if things are real, they're there all the time."
    "Are they?" said the Professor; and Peter did not know quite what to say.
    --from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis

    "Behold, you look on a man that is soon to be dust. Yet because love endures all things, tell me, I pray you, how fares the human race: if new roofs be risen in the ancient cities, whose empire is it that now sways the world; an if any still survive, snared in the error of the demons."
    --from "The Life of St. Paul the Hermit"

    Most of the time, I don't do anything but work and hang out with my family, but I just got back from a three-week trip to England, where I got a chance to indulge some of my secret fascinations: Neolithic standing stones, haunted battlefields, out-of-the-way castles, and Victorian anthropological collections.

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      1. Also Known As:
        Ann Fiery Barrows; Ann Fiery
      2. Hometown:
        Berkeley, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        August 24, 1962
      2. Place of Birth:
        San Diego, CA
      1. Education:
        University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 27, 2012

      Best series ever$$$

      I LUV DIS SERIES I'D READ DIS BOOK EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY I RECAMEND DIS BOOK SERIES ANY DAY, SECOND,MINUTE& HOUR

      5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 22, 2011

      more from this reviewer

      Great Addition to an Already Great Series!

      In the latest enstallment of this first-rate series, Ivy & Bean are learning about being "green". My favorite part of this series is the way the girls view how the adults see the world around them. The girls are always wondering: why can't the adults have any fun? Why do they like everything to be quiet? Why are they so tired all the time? There is a hilarious interchange between the girls and Ivy's mother, when the girls ask her to tie their hands together. She does so without blinking an eye or missing a keyboard strike on her computer. Actually, the whole premise of this book is based on their view of what matters to adults. In school, the girls are given an assignment to do a project that furthers the cause of conservation and helps stop global warming. After a few failed but amusing attempts, the girls realize their project can be quite simple. If they can reconnect adults to nature, they will be more apt to care about it. The girls believe because adults have to worry about everything, they are forgetting how enjoyable a connection to the trees, grass and beauty around them can be. So the night of the science fair, the girls don't have a traditional project set up on one of the tables in the cafeteria. Instead, when the adults are done looking at all the other projects, the girls take all the adults outside and ask them to lay down on the grass and to "let go". The girls ask the adults to let them watch over them, so the adults are free to relax. It's a success as the adults get the "message" and three of them even fall asleep. There is an especially helpful appendix about why it's important to worry about global warming that I believe will help children better understand the whole idea. For them, it really breaks up the whole subject into easily digestible chunks.

      4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 8, 2013

      Love

      Need to read

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 25, 2012

      Sweethope

      "Find us a den?" She asks

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 4, 2012

      So cool

      Love the books

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 12, 2012

      Ivy goes crazzzzyyyyyy

      Lo ve iv an bean

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 5, 2013

      Rgcgtfgbv

      Super funny a must fead

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 15, 2013

      Good book, but short

      This book is really funny and creative, but it's only 41 pages in total and 10-15 pages of it are explaining global warming. The actual story is only about 25 pages.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 22, 2012

      stop with the crasy names

      I'M 7^

      1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 22, 2012

      Jach

      Hhhhhhhhhhhhh

      1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 25, 2011

      Awsome

      Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 23, 2011

      1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 7, 2011

      Awesomeness

      Ivy and Bean books r soooo good! I love them. I read all of them. :)

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 1, 2011

      Great

      I love Ivy and Bean. These books are soooo great.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 22, 2011

      Praise

      Praise for Ivy and Bean in this thrilling intirging masterpice of a book!!!!!!!!!!!!! I luv this book

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 2, 2011

      Awesome!!

      Ivy and bean was soooo gooood

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 3, 2011

      superb

      this ivy and bean book has to have a five star rating because i loved it

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 6, 2011

      awesome

      this was the best nook ever i read them all

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 29, 2013

      Sammple

      It is a sample that i got and it sucks!!! I was forced to put a star

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 2, 2013

      Good book but small

      It is a freat book but it is way to small i need to read thirty six books by the end of the year and this will not count as on of the books because uts way to small for a fith grader eayyy dumb teacher j.k. or am I

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