Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secretsby Laura McGee Kvasnosky
It’s springtime, and little sister Ivy wants to prove she can keep a secret, but there are some secrets that are too good to keep. Big sister Zelda longs to play the perfect April Fool’s Day prank, but can/b>
A brand-new companion to the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner! The fabulous fox sisters return in three wry adventures for beginning readers.
It’s springtime, and little sister Ivy wants to prove she can keep a secret, but there are some secrets that are too good to keep. Big sister Zelda longs to play the perfect April Fool’s Day prank, but can she outsmart the clever Ivy? And will opera star hopeful Zelda be upstaged by a butterfly in the final act? Fresh and funny, full of sugar and sass, this trio of tales about everyday life with siblings and friends is sure to strike a chord with young readers everywhere.
Newly independent readers will enjoy accompanying irrepressible Zelda and her thoughtful sister, Ivy, through their playtime experiences. First, Zelda tells a secret to neighbor Eugene and then to Ivy, making each of them "woozy-weasel promise" not to tell anyone else. Later, as Eugene and Ivy dig a hole to China, they discuss the fact that Zelda told them each a secret and devise a plan to learn what it was without breaking their promise. In the second chapter, Zelda falls for Ivy's April Fool's comment that her "ears have turned purple" and develops several unsuccessful schemes to retaliate. Finally, as Ivy and Eugene quietly try "to catch a tiger swallowtail" in the backyard, Zelda bursts from the back door "singing opera, and opera is loud." She enlists the other two as supporting characters in her production of Cleopatra , and Ivy and Eugene are delighted when the fluttering butterfly lands on Zelda's nose as she lies still during Cleopatra's death scene. Each page of simple text features a full-color gouache resist picture depicting the expressive cartoon cast in their suburban neighborhood, from climbing trees and digging holes to eating breakfast and walking to the library. Children will enjoy the interactions of the fox sisters in these vignettes of unstructured time.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
Meet the Author
Laura McGee Kvasnosky is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including four other books about Zelda and Ivy. "It seems like the best secrets make the best stories," she notes, "which makes it very hard for me to keep a secret." She lives in Seattle.
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