Zelda and Ivy One Christmas: Candlewick Sparks

Overview

Zelda and Ivy discover the spirit of Christmas, in a holiday book with heart—and humor.

Christmas is coming, and Zelda and Ivy have high hopes. Zelda longs for a fancy evening gown, and Ivy has her heart set on a Princess Mimi doll complete with ballet accessories. But when the fox sisters realize their elderly neighbor, Mrs. Brownlie, is spending Christmas alone, they have more than just their own holiday wishes to think about. Will the ...

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Overview

Zelda and Ivy discover the spirit of Christmas, in a holiday book with heart—and humor.

Christmas is coming, and Zelda and Ivy have high hopes. Zelda longs for a fancy evening gown, and Ivy has her heart set on a Princess Mimi doll complete with ballet accessories. But when the fox sisters realize their elderly neighbor, Mrs. Brownlie, is spending Christmas alone, they have more than just their own holiday wishes to think about. Will the Christmas Elves leave something special under the tree for everyone?

With favorite characters, an endearing story line, and beautiful illustrations trimmed with merry details, award-winning author-illustrator Laura McGee Kvasnosky's third book about the fabulous fox sisters has all the makings of an enduring Christmas classic.

After making a special Christmas gift for their elderly neighbor, two sisters find just what they wanted under their tree.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Three very short stories about Zelda and Ivy, the fox sisters who are very clear about their Christmas wishes. Their widowed neighbor, Mrs. Brownlie, is a true friend and on Christmas morning appreciates the snazzy bracelet the girls made her, and their gifts as well. The illustrations have a zany charm.
Kirkus Reviews
In her third book about the fox sisters Zelda and Ivy, Kvasnosky has created a satisfying holiday story that works as either a long picture book or a transitional chapter book for girls in the primary grades. Big sister Zelda and little sister Ivy bake cookies with their neighbor, Mrs. Brownlie, and discuss their ideal Christmas gifts. Zelda wants a velvet ball gown and Ivy wants a Princess Mimi doll, but Mom and Dad Fox are planning practical matching bathrobes. In the second chapter the fox sisters play fortuneteller with a golden Christmas ornament, and in the third, they celebrate Christmas with surprise packages containing their longed-for gifts from the Christmas Elf (also known as their kind neighbor). In return, the fox girls give Mrs. Brownlie a handmade bracelet and help her celebrate her first Christmas without her husband. Kvasnosky captures the dynamics between sisters with just a few deft phrases, effectively illustrating Zelda's bossy big-sister attitude and Ivy's earnest attempts to be a big fox. The jolly, flat paintings in gouache resist offer charming glimpses from varying perspectives of an average, middle-class fox family in a friendly neighborhood with sidewalks, swings, and big backyards, a place where Christmas wishes must certainly come true. There are so many series books with male characters that it's gratifying to see a series with two female main characters who unabashedly enjoy their dolls and fancy dresses. A sweet Christmas treat. (Picture book. 3-8)Laden, Nina ROBERTO THE INSECT ARCHITECT Illus. by the author Chronicle (32 pp.) Oct. 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763668655
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Candlewick Sparks Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 688,477
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura McGee Kvasnosky says, "This is my third book about Zelda and Ivy, but still I was delightfully surprised that Zelda wanted an evening gown for Christmas. Being surpised is what writing is all about, after all!"

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