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Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
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Sep 19, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, chapter_books
Read from September 19 to 20, 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 the second grader rambunctiousness and humor you've come to expect from the series, but it also expresses a lovelier, quieter (who knew Ivy and Bean could be quiet?) sentiment than the others. In their scientific mission to come up with a quick solution to the global warming crisis for an upcoming school fair, the girls land on an idea that is both sweet and thought provoking: if grown ups enjoyed nature more wouldn't they care about it more? And wouldn't that make them work harder to save the planet? Not a bad hypothesis.
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