A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Nothing academic here, but great lessons in the value of imagination and adventure.
It's fun to invent games and be imaginative in your play. Your sister can be a great friend.
Positive Role Models
The sisters have a strong friendship, which is a nice alternative to the rivalry and bickering that most books show. The girls' sense of imagination and adventure are delightful. Zelda can be a little self-centered, ignoring other people’s feelings and barreling ahead with her own ideas. The adults are barely mentioned in the stories.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Laura McGee Kvasnosky's Zelda and Ivy series is a fun, adventurous look at life with a sibling. Each book has three brief stories (10-plus pages long), told from the perspective of either the older Zelda or the younger Ivy, so young readers can relate whether they're an older or younger sibling -- or wondering what having a sibling would be like. The stories are short enough that emerging readers will feel a sense of accomplishment and be challenged by the vocabulary but not exhausted by trying to work through long, involved tales.
Is It Any Good?
Simply written and without being preachy or saccharine, these Seuss Award-winning books are full of situations young readers can relate to. Sisters Zelda and Ivy have built a world full of imagination: They make up games and activities rather than expect anyone to entertain them, they team up against their parents, and they make friends with the new fox next door.
Readers won't sense that there's a lot to learn from the books, but the language that author Laura McGee Kvasnosky uses and the colorful illustrations will grab the interest of emerging readers.
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