Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets
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Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets

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by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

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Children's Literature - Joan Elste
Zelda has a secret she just has to share with someone. Knowing her little sister Ivy cannot keep a secret, she chooses to tell Eugene, her neighbor. Naturally, it does not take long before the secret is out and Eugene tells Ivy. Zelda in the meantime is attempting to pull the perfect April Fool's Day joke on Ivy. Each trick naturally fails, including sneaking her smelly socks under Ivy's pillow. Children will love the bizarre antics of these two siblings as Ivy outsmarts her big sister every time. "Rats, rats, rats!" Zelda complains. "I can never fool you." The story at times feels a bit scattered when it suddenly switches to Zelda singing opera, to the dismay of both Ivy and Eugene who are both trying to catch butterflies. But the story is quirky enough with the antics of the three little foxes to hold the attention of young readers. The illustrations add to the silliness and are fresh and lively. Reviewer: Joan Elste
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K-Gr 3

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763641795
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/10/2009
Series:
Zelda and Ivy Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,485,978
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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