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Kate Messner


Ivy & Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (series #4) PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• Ivy and Bean are, as always, engaging and imaginative.
• The girls continue to have different areas of interest.
• Although they sometimes get into trouble, their intentions are usually good.
• Ivy and Bean are clever, even outwitting Bean’s big sister, Nancy.
• There is a an obvious difference between Nancy, who is worried that people will see her and Bean, who is worried
   that people won’t see her, giving readers some indication of the changes that take place from ages 7 to 11.
Sweet Series Background:
Ivy & Bean is the story of two very different friends who also happen to be very imaginative, quirky and entertaining characters. Whether in their neighborhood or at school, they find adventure and fun together, although they sometimes “forget” to listen or follow the rules and end up trying to find their way out of a mess. It is a great selection for those who have recently become comfortable reading on their own. The characters are funny, the storyline is easy to follow and the focus is on events and actions more than thoughts and feelings.
Sweet Book Summary:
Bean is stirring up trouble again in book four of this special series. Ivy is happy reading a book at home but Bean is ready for action. There’s a mound of dirt down the street that can’t be missed. They enjoy some down and dirty fun, climbing on the dirt pile and turning it into a volcano, but then Bean’s mom gives the dreaded call home.

Well, it turns out that Bean’s parents are going out and her sitter is none other than her sister, Nancy. This news does not make Bean happy. In fact, it’s the worst news she can get. To make matters worse, her parents say she must stay home while they’re gone. Of course Bean manages to make an adventure out of the ordeal, signaling to Ivy to sneak inside and explore the forbidden attic space.
Author: Annie Barrows Illustrator: Sophie Blackal Published: 2008, 122 pages
Themes: Family Life, Friendship, Imagination, Individuality
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Clementine, Sara Pennypacker
Gooney Bird Greene, Lois Lowry
Ivy & Bean, Annie Barrows

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