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Ivy and Bean: What's the Big Idea? (Ivy & Bean #7)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  1,533 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
It's the Science Fair, and the second grade is all over it! Some kids are making man-eating robots. Some kids are holding their breath for a very, very long time. Some kids are doing interesting things with vacuum cleaners. The theme, obviously, is global warming. But what should Ivy and Bean do? Something involving explosions? Or ropes? Somethingwith ice cubes? Or maybe . ...more
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Published (first published 2010)
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Second-graders Ivy and Bean have to do a project on global warming for the Science Fair. All the other kids have cool ideas, and they can't think of anything.

I really liked the other kids' approaches. The bossy girl with the large number of younger siblings is going to make them hold their breath for fifteen minutes a day. (Less carbon dioxide, right?) The nerdy guy has made a battery out of a lime and proposes to run clean cars on lime-power. The violent kid is going to contruct a killer robot
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents; Kids
At first I was worried that this was going to be a message book, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.

Ivy and Bean are best friends. No one predicted this, since they are so different. Bean is small, dark, outspoken - a nature-lover and a practical joker. Ivy wears dresses and reads books. She has great ideas and knows big words.

The books opening chapter is amazing. It starts out with Bean getting kicked out of the house for "stapling things that weren't supposed to be stapled." Outside, Bean di
Jonathan Peto
Mar 12, 2015 Jonathan Peto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this aloud to my daughter and she already started and finished another Ivy and Bean book on her own. I share her enthusiasm. Ivy and Bean are distinct, interesting characters, and Annie Barrows wrote the story in a low-key, intelligent manner that I'm hard pressed to describe but found surprisingly - not mature - but cool and respectful.

Ivy and Bean and their classmates create projects about global warming. With their often limited knowledge and misconceptions, it's interesting and someti
Jul 07, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, 2011
I can see why so many children and educators love Ivy and Bean! They are generally nice kids with a spirit of adventure. Barrows writes in a way that children will find authentic and realistic. Bean's older sister is mean in a way that is natural, annoying, and appropriate.

In What's the Big Idea, Ivy and Bean learn about global warming at school. The class decides that they want to fight global warming and presents a variety of ideas at the science fair. Most of their ideas are unrealistic or i
Cindy Hudson
Dec 09, 2010 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ivy and Bean are friends even though they are opposite in many ways. Bean is loud and rambunctious and full of crazy ideas. Ivy is quiet and thoughtful and often willing to help Bean try out some of her wild plans.

When they come together to work on a science project in Ivy + Bean: What’s the Big Idea, they are determined to find a solution for global warming.

I loved how the two girls started coming up with ideas for how they could help global warming without asking adults first whether their sol
L13 Tracy Beling
Feb 12, 2013 L13 Tracy Beling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
If you like the Ivy & Bean series, you will enjoy this one as well. This was 2011 Eleanor Cameron Award (Golden Duck for middle grades) finalist.

Ivy and Bean work together to come up with an idea for their school science fair. The theme for their second grade classroom is global warming. The book takes us through some of their ideas that don't work, and leads us to the fair where we finally learn what their project is and whether or not it is successful. What I like about this book is that
Ishta Mercurio
This was a fun read that tackles the question of what a little kid can do about a big problem like Global Warming in a really honest way. The Q&A section about Global Warming at the end was a super addition to this latest installment in a delightful series.
Sweet on Books
Mar 22, 2011 Sweet on Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reader-jr, melissa-y
In the latest installment of this first-rate series, Ivy & Bean are learning about being "green". My favorite part of this series is the way the girls view how the adults see the world around them. The girls are always wondering: why can't the adults have any fun? Why do they like everything to be quiet? Why are they so tired all the time? There is a hilarious interchange between the girls and Ivy's mother, when the girls ask her to tie their hands together. She does so without blinking an e ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
In my opinion, this book is one of the better ones, more in the league of Book 3 ("Break the Fossil Record") and Book 9 ("Make the Rules"), the other books in the series that I consider 3 1/2 stars.

I really like Ms. Aruba-Tate. She's such a great teacher. I loved the way she put words to the way the class was feeling (on page 33): "I'm hearing that you are very worried about global warming. I'm feeling sorry that you're worried, but I'm also feeling glad that you care so much about the earth."

Sep 20, 2011 nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter_books, 2011
Book 7 begins thusly: illustration of Bean standing, stapler in hand, before a large window. She peers upward, pleased by the crumpled mass of drapes hanging above her. "What are those little black lines all over the fabric?" you may wonder, as I did. The first paragraph succinctly answers that question: "There had been a problem in Bean's house. The problem was staples."


Annie Barrows has yet to write an Ivy + Bean book that doesn't make me laugh on PAGE ONE. What's the Big Idea has all of t
Dec 26, 2014 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-50-stars
3.5 Stars

I really like Ivy and Bean. What I like about them is creativity and problem solving (whether it is silly or not they are using their heads)

I am all for coming up with ways to stop polluting our planet like recycle, clean vehicle and factories etc, but I am not sold that "Global Warming" is a man made thing--I mean Cows need to poop and we aren't creating all the methane gas. My theory (though not important) is that the Earth Goes through changes, currently it is in a warmer phase...s
Courtney Umlauf
Its science fair time for second grade, and Ivy and Bean are trying desperately to find the best idea for their project. The theme is global warming. What can a second grader do to combat global warming? At first it seems like the answer might be not a lot. But together, Ivy and Bean are determined to come up with the solution, one that might work better than their first idea: launching ice cubes into the air from a trampoline.

See my review of the series as a whole here.

**For basic reading compr
Joline Pruitt
Oct 07, 2011 Joline Pruitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter and I love this series (she’s 8). They are so cute, well written, and practical. The characters represent normal children in a normal school setting. Sometimes they misbehave and sometimes they do amazing things; but they always accurately demonstrate emotions and fears about their lives that my daughter can relate to (a far cry from how Disney interprets childhood with a song and dance routine). I am impressed by how insightful the author is. I also love how she occasionally uses ch ...more
Jonathon Ball
May 08, 2016 Jonathon Ball rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit

Ivy rolled over onto her back and looked at the sky. "If grown-ups weren't scared of nature, they'd probably try harder to save it from global warming."
"You're probably right," said Bean. She sat up. "What if we did our science project on teaching grown-ups to be happy in nature? Is that a global warming solution?"
Ivy sat up, too. "Sure it is," she said.

What an absolutely wonderful children's novel. I really, really enjoyed this.

I'm taking a subject in children's writing this semester at un
Aug 09, 2014 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg
It's hard to find an interesting book on this reading level, which is why Annie Barrows is so much to be congratulated on this series. In this one, the two friends are desperately trying to figure out what to do for the science fair, which is about combating global warming. And lots of information does get imparted but not, amazingly, in a boring way at all! I especially love Bean.
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Bean's mom kicks her out of the house for stapling the curtains and other things together. She ends up watching ants in her backyard and imagining how it would be to be so small. Soon after this, a group of fifth graders share their views on global warning with Ms. Aruba-Tate's 2nd grade class. Ivy and Bean become very worried about their world's fate. The polar bears will die, the earth will become a desert, and it's all their fault! At least, that's what the fifth graders said! When their teac ...more
Dec 19, 2013 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I remember reading these when I was younger, they were some of my favorites. Ivy and Bean are two young girls with very creative ideas. This time, they had to come up with a science project that had to do with global warming. They tried many ideas, before finally settling on one in the end of the book.
Because I'm not of the suggested reading age for these books, they didn't completely gold my interest. The plots are simple, due to these being early chapter books. Still, it was cute. It is not my
Ivy and Bean are your (not-so) typical wacky 2nd graders. When the 5th grade science students talk to their class about global warming and its effects, Ivy, Bean, and the rest of the 2nd graders are sad because the polar bears won't have anywhere to live (not to mention all of the other dastardly effects of problem).

Ivy and Bean swing into action, in the way only these two can, and try to come up with the best idea ever. Could it be collecting all the ice cubes in their houses and throwing them
Ming 15
Sep 29, 2015 Ming 15 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
it is good but not as good as harry potter
look this up for a pic of her. J.K Rowling
look this up to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling
Oct 29, 2011 Alma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-2010-11
Barrows, Annie & Sophie Blackall. Ivy & Bean, What’s the Big Idea. Scholastic. 2010. 128 pp. ISBN: 0811866920. Genre: Fiction, Series
Rating: 4.13 Stars. Ivy & Bean are best friends (and neighbors) and in the 2nd grade, and are trying to come up with a science fair project.

Summary: Ivy & Bean always seem to have fun and creative ways to try and solve situations they get themselves into. So why should their science fair project be any differen?

Main Characters: Ivy – Bean’s best f
Denise Cameron
Feb 23, 2015 Denise Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
I'm a braille technician, so in the course of transcribing this book, I also had to read it (I've actually done the whole series up to this one except for the first). I thought it was really good, the way Barrows talks about global warming in an honest but still hopeful way. I think I would have liked this series when I was 7 or so.
Melissa Namba
A little less enthralled with this book. I think that it had a lot of opportunity to get little girls interested in science and do critical thinking. Instead it makes it look stupid and shallow. The personalities are lost in the fake experiments. I think this one would disappoint many elementary science teachers. Low standards. Very low standards.
Aug 04, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, mg
I thought it was really cute when the whole second grade got depressed about global warming.

I really like the character of their teacher, Ms. Aruba-Tate, but she kind of fell down on the job not giving them more guidance on their science fair projects. Get it together, Ms. Aruba-Tate.
Veronica Ruiz
Feb 20, 2012 Veronica Ruiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is very relatable for children grades second and third. This story has two young girls in science class trying to figure out how to win their science fair. their science fair is based off how to solve global warming. This book is really cute because it shows all of the creative ways they try to solve global. I really enjoyed the ways that were used to portray just how creative a second graders imagination is. The main characters end up winning the science fair with ...more
May 10, 2014 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only was the book really cute, but it is also a great tool for talking about global warming and other environmental issues. It would be great for fans of Judy Moody but also for using as a base for discussion and exploration in science. Awesome!
Nov 25, 2014 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: katelyn
I liked how hard Ivy and Bean tried to do the Science Fair. They had to come up with seven ideas until they got it. Once Bean sprayed water on the ant hole, the ants came flying out. That's another part I liked.
Aug 23, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elementary
A young girl at church gave me this book to read. It was about a couple of girls in elementary school and their trying to find a science project that dealt with global warming.
Mar 12, 2016 Dolores rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number 7 in the series and still going strong. The girls are worrying about global warming in this outing. Lots of fun and plenty of humor.
Kris Odahowski
Ivy and Bean explore the issue of Global Warming as their classmates compete in a Science Fair.
Meghna Lipcon
I like when Bean pictures herself holding a test tube with pink shimmering stuff
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Annie grew up in Northern California, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in Medieval History. Unable to find a job in the middle ages, she decided upon a career as an editor, eventually landing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where she was in charge of "all the books that nobody in their right mind would publish." After earning an M.F.A. in Creative Wri ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Ivy & Bean (10 books)
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“There had been a problem in Bean's house. The problem was staples. Bean loved staples. She loved them so much that she had stapled things that weren't supposed to be stapled. The things looked better stapled, but her mother didn't think so, and now Bean was outside.

She was going to be outside for a long time.”
“Bean decided to pay attention to what Ms. Aruba-Tate was saying. "Today, class, we are having a special science lesson." Science! Bean stopped thinking about Colorado. Science was usually dirt or fish, and Bean liked both of them.” 2 likes
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