Ivy Loves To Give


A gift book that's a gift book - for very young picture book readers, with a warm Helen Oxenbury feel.

Ivy loves to give gifts, even though she doesn't always give the right present to the right person. (The dog doesn't need glasses! The cat doesn't need a pacifier!)

And Ivy finds that sometimes it's hard to give BACK something you've borrowed and fallen in love with.

But in the end, everyone is matched up ...

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A gift book that's a gift book - for very young picture book readers, with a warm Helen Oxenbury feel.

Ivy loves to give gifts, even though she doesn't always give the right present to the right person. (The dog doesn't need glasses! The cat doesn't need a pacifier!)

And Ivy finds that sometimes it's hard to give BACK something you've borrowed and fallen in love with.

But in the end, everyone is matched up with the right present, Ivy gets to keep the thing she likes best, and gives her sister the best gift of all: a big, warm hug!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this understated gem, a small girl gets a thrill out of acts of largesse--even if the things she bestows aren't really hers to give or don't have any utility for the recipients. Ivy gives her grandmother's reading glasses to the dog, her mother's coffee to the family's chicken, and her baby sibling's pacifier to the cat (who is definitely not amused). Fortunately, her family has no problem with regifting, and when Ivy gets it right, "her presents feel good, taste delicious, fit perfectly, and are exactly the right size." A modest act of generosity by Ivy's older sister brings the story full circle and allows a tip of the hat to two universally recognized truths: receiving is as nice as giving, and the finest gifts aren't always things (Ivy's "best gift of all" is a hug). Blackwood's (Her Mother's Face) text--five sentences total--is brilliant in its economy, empathy, and pacing; the same can be said for the subtle and slyly funny family characterizations of her delicate pencil and watercolor drawings, rendered on a creamy white backdrop with minimal propping. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Ivy, as the book title says, really loves to give. The problem is her gifts are not the right size or the correct style for the recipient. For an example, the first gift she gives is a shoe to a snail. That will never do! Her dad comes looking for his other shoe, while the dog and Ivy are trying to make the glasses fit. Grandma cannot see well to find her extra set of eyes and the hen is not enjoying the cup of tea. Ivy keeps trying, though. Miss Kitty does not like baby's pacifier and baby is not happy about that. So many gifts Ivy has to give out, yet none of them are happy gifts. How can Ivy turn her gifts into happy ones? Children love to give, and Ivy is certainly no different. Ivy learns an important lesson in this book, especially, not to give people's things to the family pets. This book encourages children to give while helping them to think about whom they are giving the gift to, which is important. The thought process involved is complicated for children that age (three and up), but using the family pets and family items young children can relate to appropriate gift giving. The illustrations are beautiful and if you pay attention, there are a couple of great surprises. If you have children or grandchildren this is a book for your home library. Reviewer: Debby Willett
School Library Journal
PreS—Ivy loves to give presents, but sometimes they don't seem quite right. The shoe she gives to the snail is too big, the eyeglasses don't fit the dog, the tea tastes funny to the rooster, the pacifier feels strange to the cat, and the ballet tutu is bothersome to the calf. But, when she is able to return the lost items to their rightful owners, the child learns how good it feels to give as well as to receive. The text is simple and spare; the realistic pencil and watercolor illustrations tell most of the story, and young children will enjoy reading the pictures. Ivy's patient and loving family adds warmth to this quiet, comfy book with a simple message.—Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
Kirkus Reviews

Ivy is a particularly generous toddler who is learning where things belong. Colorful and appealing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations on uncluttered creamy backgrounds show Ivy bestowing gifts on the family pets, with sweetly comical effect. Can a snail wear Daddy's shoe? Do chickens like tea? Will Grandma's glasses fit on a dog? Young children will delight in the gentle, clear humor here as they point out Ivy's well-intentioned mistakes and spot the objects' proper owners searching for their lost items. Ivy's gifts can be just perfect, and youngsters will be gratified to see that Dad is eventually presented with his shoe, Grandma her glasses and Mom her tea. Though Ivy likes to keep things sometimes, whoever shares with her—in this case her big sister—gets the best gift of all: a hug. Right on target for young children, this offering seamlessly captures the world of atoddler and presents a nice blend of humor and warmth along with an affectionate acceptance of the learning process and a most satisfying finale. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545234672
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 544,889
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Scotland native Freya Blackwood grew up and currently lives in Orange, NSW, about three and a half hours west of Sydney (Australia). Creativity is in her blood. Her mother, Kay, is a painter and jeweler, and her father, John, is an architect. As her grandfather was also a painter, there was ample influence and encouragement in artistic pursuits as she grew up.
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