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Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World

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What do you do when your life goes from righter than right to a million miles beyond wrong? Try to scare away the new neighbors with signs and posters that warn things like "Typhoons Known to Occur Here -- Water Rats Abound."

Avoid eye contact and word contact, with Mama and Daddy in particular.

Stay away from the orchard and the brook and the old tree and anything else that
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Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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Allyse
Jul 28, 2007 Allyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THINGS I LEARNED FROM IDA B.
That..there is more than one way to tell each other things, and there's more than one way to listen too.
That...Even when you think you're in heaven, you need to stay alert and have a plan...but some things are very hard to plan for.
That...When your heart changes, you change, and you have to make new plans.
That...Sometimes our head knows something, but our hearts refuse to feel it.
That..Sometimes our unhappiness is the quiet kind, that doesn't do much and says even
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Sarah
Apr 09, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grade 3 and up, Adults
Ida B. is an only child in a perfect world. She spends her days making miniature rafts with questions attached like, "What is life like in Canada?" Her best friends are the apple trees, with whom she has long conversations.

Then one day the apple trees are worried, daddy seems worried, and mommy doesn't seem the same. Her parents tell her that her mother is sick and while she's trying to get better, Ida is going to have to stop being homeschooled, and instead go to school in town. Ida is furious,
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Meg
Sep 19, 2007 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: date_unknown
In this book, I saw so many similarities between the character and myself. This quote describes how I reacted to things many times growing up.

Quote: "I couldn't do anything except curl up like a ball on the floor of the barn and lie there, crying. The kind of tears that burn your eyes, and the sort of sobs that make your chest ache so that you're sure it's going to bust open. And when the sobs finally ran out, the tears kept coming, so I lay there with my mouth wide open, but I hardly made a so
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Hanah
After finishing this book and failing to find words for how much I loved it, I checked out some other people's reviews here and on Amazon for inspiration. I was surprised to discover that a lot of people think of it as a book about environmentalism. I can kind of see that if I squint, but for me the message about loving nature was a much softer undercurrent, not the main point of the book at all.

For me, this is a book about Big Feelings, and about a child going through those feelings for the fir
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rachel
Apr 06, 2012 rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, kid-lit, 2012
I am getting old. All I could think as I was reading about Ida B. proceeding from one bratty, precocious, stereotypical only child action to the next was "Get this kid stricter parenting!"

The story is this: Ida B, her parents, and their many animals live on many acres of land with trees and a brook. Ida B loves to take her animals to the brook and talk to the brook and the trees, which she has given names and which talk back to her. She went to school (for like three days btw) and hated it, so
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Kristin
Feb 15, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of humor about kids
Recommended to Kristin by: Katie - a great student
I wanted to read something yesterday when I was in bed with the flu, and I wanted a story. My currently-reading list is all nonfiction right now, but Ida B, with its brightly colored cover, called to me from the bookshelf. What a fun, quirky character Ida B is! I read the entire book quite quickly. Althought it's a little younger than the other YA books I read (Ida B is a fourth grader), this is a delightful story written in a creative and humorous voice. Just what I needed for an uplifting read ...more
Megan Anderson
I. Love. This. Book. Why didn't it win an award? It's brilliant, and it has all the right pieces: a loveable main character, gorgeous prose, and a plot so realistically drawn that it's easy to fall into. It struck a chord with me, and I found myself laughing even as tears poured down my face. Such a beautiful, beautiful novel--first novel, especially.

This book is made of win, and everyone (especially teachers!) need to read it. Now.

5/5 on here, 10/10 for myself
Emma Jane
Feb 26, 2016 Emma Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry
This book is a little golden nugget of profound wisdom. :-) Maybe it touched me so because I found so much of myself in Ida B; maybe because I identified with her feelings and her struggles; maybe because I had my own hardships in life, different than hers and yet much the same. In the end, I think the reason I loved this book so much is because I understood Ida B. We react in the same ways. And then we feel bad about it, and we try to fix it, and ultimately find peace in the patchworked relati ...more
Erica T
I read this with my girls for our mother-daughter book club. There were a few things I liked about it such as, Ida learning about the importance of saying you're sorry and that as we grow things change and that's often a good thing.

However, I though Ida B was quite selfish and needed to think of someone besides herself once in awhile. Reading this book was like reading a Junie B Jones book but without the humor and with a main character that's even brattier, if that's possible. I realize Ida B i
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Kathleen Dixon
Apr 15, 2016 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: the Bookshop
Ida B is a child who can't deal with the world unless she's able to formulate plans and unless she can see how things fit into a schedule. She's also extremely bright, both in a mathematical and in a literary fashion. She has been homeschooled for a few years because she couldn't fit into the unknowns of the school system and the lack of clarity about expectations. But then her mother became ill with cancer and her whole world is disrupted.

I found the voice of Ida B delightful, and thoroughly en
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Heidi-Marie
The B could stand for "Brat." She is a likeable character--because I do hearing her voice throughout the book, no matter how at times it seemed a bit too advanced for a 4th grader--but she's still a brat. Too much of the only child home-schooled with little interaction with society so she has gotten too used to her own way, her own feelings, her own everything. In short, SELFISH. And is she ever!

And yet the story is told in such a way that you can't help be at least a little sympathetic for her
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Apzmarshl
This is the kind of book that would have depressed the heck out of me for weeks when I was little.

Ida B. is a very charactery character. She is precocious. A trait I have never enjoyed in others. As an only child she has had a lot of indulging. Her imagination is lovely. She loves a good plan, which I can totally get with! She has the run of a large piece of land with trees, and water, and mountains.

Ida B.'s mom becomes ill with breast cancer and Ida B.'s bubble of perfectness pops. She must g
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MissDziura
Ida B is a simple girl that loves her mom, dad, and the nature that surrounds her. Katherine Hannigan's book is most appropriate for readers in grades 5th and 6th grade. Ida B talks to the trees in her orchard and the stream that runs through the property, and all is seemingly perfect until her mom becomes sick. Ida is sent to school, some of the land has to be sold and life for her changes so much that she becomes resentful. Throughout the book she is battling with her thoughts and her feelings ...more
Galilea Estrada
May 14, 2015 Galilea Estrada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book a lot I like how Ida B was a different girl from the regular ones. She had a thing that no one can change about her. I really like the part when she talked to the apple trees and when they respond back to her and when she had really long conversations with them. When you are reading the story it makes you feel that you are living the life that Ida B is living. Sometimes she had her bad days and stuff with her mom when she was sick of cancer and when Clare and her became friends ...more
Andrea
May 27, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-read-aloud
3 Stars (Read Aloud to my 8 year old)

Ida B is quite like Pippi Longstocking - unpredictable, imaginative, whimsical & spunky. That was refreshing. The plot, however, was meandering, and bits of it were odd (talking trees & brooks.) I thought some sections were written beautifully, whereas my daughter's eyes glazed over. The prose was almost too lyrical and wordy for its intended audience (grades 4-6). All in all, a mixed bag.
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
Apr 27, 2015 Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle-graders, Teens, Adults, Grandparents, Everyone
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH, EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT, IT'S SO ADORABLE AND I LOVE IDA B. READ IT. NOW.
Rebecca
Mar 07, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gift from a dear friend... I read this to my children. At first, we had a hard time following Ida B's conversations with the trees, but once we had a feel for Ida B., we figured it out. I loved seeing into Ida B.'s heart, and I appreciated how it reminded me that we don't always understand what is hurting others or why they act as they do... I cried bucketfuls at a couple different spots--I think it made me hard to understand.;)
Emily
Dec 13, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: evan mencke
Shelves: childrens
This book is precious. I was afraid the narrator's voice would become grating after a while, but it doesn't; it rings true and sweet-but-not-too-sweet throughout this midwestestern girl's story. I think the book's title and synopses are a little misleading, making it sound like another girl power book. It is about girl power and fun, but it's deeper, sweeter, and - dare I say - more mystical than that.
Jill
Mar 17, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cathi
Jul 26, 2016 Cathi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! At first, it seems to be merely light-hearted and fun, full of good humor and spunk. And oh, that Ida B has spunk! But when it takes a turn into serious matter, it grabbed me and nearly punched me in the gut, as I felt for Ida B and the emotions she is going through when her family hits some really hard times. I could feel for her, with her stubbornness and her pain, as her world is turned upside down. Some of the passages in this book were absolutely beautiful in conveying a ...more
Lulu
Mar 02, 2008 Lulu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I didn't enjoy this book to the slightest extent. I am aware the story was supposed to be a depressing, angry story. And I just didn't like that. After I finished it, I felt very relieved and happy it was over, and I felt like I needed to do something happy to make up for that angry book.

-Lulu
Lisa Williams
Ida B.'s life is just about perfect just like it is and the future is bright. Then the trees (who are her friends) begin to whisper of a storm that is coming. Ida B. doesn't think much of it until the day her world is turned upside down when her mother becomes ill. Ida B. struggles to understand what's going on in her world. She struggles with all the changes that must be made, struggles with "keeping the rude in" and trying to be nice- or maybe just to be "not mean"-in a world where nothing is ...more
Imaan
Jan 08, 2015 Imaan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably one of the worst books I've ever read.
Matthew
Jun 11, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book so long ago, I can't remember much about the when. What I do remember is how much I loved the story and the quote that was printed at the top of the front cover from Kate DiCamillo that caused me to read the book in the first place. It read, "I feel a deep gratitude that Ida B exists." At least, that's how I remember the quote having gone. In any case, it's a good quote and a true one. I feel the same way. Ida B is one of the few unparalleled joys that children's literature has ...more
Aleisha
Apr 01, 2010 Aleisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to know Ida B. I want to run through the orchards with her and I want her to teach me how to listen to the wind. In her world, the wind will whisper wisdom and truth in your ear. You just have to know how to listen for it. It's magical.

I learned many lovely and wise things from Ida B, from reading her story. A few favorites:

1. We are the earth's caretakers. We take care of all the things on it, and when we are done we should leave it better than we found it. AND the earth takes care of u
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Hilary
Ida B. has a plan. She is not going to go to a traditional school, the kind where you sit in a stuffy classroom all day, where teachers don't call you by your real name, and where you're not allowed to do anything until it's "time" to do them. She's going to be home-schooled, where she can spend time with her favorite people, her mama and daddy, and talk about things that matter and have plenty of time to do the many interesting things there are to do in any given day. Ida B's plan is perfect, t ...more
Kris
Feb 05, 2010 Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Hannigan’s Ida B. is such a beautiful story. Ida B. (not just Ida, that’s her mom) lives with her mom and dad. She loves the nature that surrounds her home, making friends with the apple trees and stream. She has a beautiful dialog with the trees. During one of her night time walks with her father he talks about how they must be caretakers of the earth. Ida B. says, “the earth takes care of us too.” This is very much a theme in this book. Ida is home schooled and lives a beautiful life ...more
Amy Forrester
Jan 11, 2013 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only child Ida B Applewood has figured out a routine that allows her to maximize the good, fun things in life. But her happy life as a homeschooler is disrupted when her mother gets sick. Not only does Ida B have to go to public school, she is devastated because some of the family’s land, along with many of her beloved apple trees, is going to be sold to pay for the hospital bills. Ida B knows she has to come up with her best plan yet, one that will change everything back to righter than right o ...more
Annabelle705
I remember once i was about to brake something that my mom gave to me, because i was angry at her, but before i could do so i realized how doing that would affect me. My hand clasped the jar she had painted, and images flashed through my mind of how, when i broke that, more than those pieces of clay would lay broken and scattered on the ground. All throughout life i think we face those kinds of challenges, a hurdle that asks you to chose between yourself and someone else, no matter what decision ...more
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Katherine Hannigan's first novel, Ida B . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World was a New York Times bestseller, a Book Sense bestseller, and a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner, and it appeared on more than twenty-five state award lists. She (and several wild rabbits) live at the edge of a meadow in northeastern Iowa.
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“...if a child waited to speak until all the grown-ups settled down and gave her some room to say her piece, the most important things would never get said.” 48 likes
“I closed my eyes, put my right hand on top of the book, and passed it lightly across the cover. It was cool and smooth like a stone from the bottom of the brook, and it stilled me. A whole other world is inside there, I thought to myself, and that's where I want to be.” 38 likes
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