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Zelda and Ivy and the boy next door
Kvasnosky, Laura McGee.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
In three brief stories, two fox sisters meet the boy next door, play pirates, and camp out in the yard in sleeping bags.
Reading Level:
220 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 34877.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 2 Quiz: 27923 Guided reading level: K.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Eugene has just moved in next door, and Zelda and Ivy are happy to find a new playmate. But with three friends, it's often two against one. Or is that one against two? Laura McGee Kvasnosky's follow-up trio of stories starring the fabulous fox sisters takes a wry, honest look at the relationships between friends. Ideal for beginning readers -- who will no doubt glimpse a little of their own lives on these lively pages.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Those true-to-life little fox sisters Zelda and Ivy return, and now a boy has moved in next door. The first time Eugene comes over, Zelda is playing paleontologist. Ivy (in the sandbox) is the fossil Zelda's digging up. Eugene is immediately smitten with Zelda, but she plays him like a guitar, until finally he stops asking Zelda to marry him and asks Ivy instead. In the second vignette, Ivy worms her way into a game of pirates, and the third chapter is a tender episode involving the sisters camping out in the backyard. Kids may be puzzled why all the stories don't include Eugene (who, truth be told, is sort of a wimp), but that shouldn't diminish their enjoyment of this warm, funny book. The text is well integrated with the sturdy artwork, which ranges in design from full-page pictures to a row of smaller boxed art. The pictures display a naive charm and simplicity that belie the obvious skill involved in their execution. Delightfully droll and at the same time awfully sweet. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The fabulous fox sisters introduced in Zelda and Ivy (Candlewick, 1998) are back. In the first vignette, it's love at first sight when a new young fox in the neighborhood lays eyes on Zelda. Eugene offers her his favorite Superfox Band-Aid and proposes marriage soon after. "I'll think about it," says Zelda. The persistent suitor helps to clean the girls' room, agrees to be the cow while Zelda and Ivy play cowgirls, and sells lemonade with Ivy while his beloved sits in the shade. When he finally gets his answer, the dejected beau proposes to her sister. In the second story, it's Ivy's turn to feel left out as Zelda and Eugene are playing pirate in their tree house. The clever young fox figures out a way to get into the action and out of having to walk the plank. In the last episode, a "sisters only" camp out in the backyard finds Ivy unable to go to sleep. Zelda agrees to hold her paw and sing her a song. One tune leads to another and after some wishes on shooting stars, Ivy is off to dreamland and a wide-awake Zelda has no one to sing her to sleep. Kvasnosky's takes on childhood friendships, creative play, and sibling dynamics are fresh and funny and completely on target. The vibrant gouache-resist artwork suits the spirited characters to a tee. Fans of the first book and new readers as well will agree that good things come in threes. Encore Zelda and Ivy!-Luann Toth, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.