Ivy + Bean Doomed to Dance
Ivy + Bean Doomed to Dance

Series: Ivy + Bean Vol. 6   

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Annotation: Second-grade best friends Ivy and Bean beg for ballet lessons, then, when they are cast as squids in their first recital, scheme to find a way out of what seems to be boring, hard, and potentially embarrassing.
Catalog Number: #53509
Format: Library Binding
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Spotlight
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2011
Illustrator: Blackall, Sophie,
Pages: 129 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-599-61933-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-599-61933-0
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Friends Ivy and Bean are opposites, but in this installment of the series, they agree on one thing. They want to take ballet lessons. Their parents, having been through their enthusiasms before, insist the girls must not quit and must not complain. This is easier said than done when, after the girls realize ballet is not all spins and tutus, they are cast as friendly squid in the underwater-themed recital. Another pleasing adventure, engagingly illustrated and fun for new readers.
Horn Book
Ivy and Bean beg for ballet lessons--and almost immediately regret it; Bean is bored and Ivy keeps falling. The final humiliation arrives when they're assigned the roles of squids in the class performance. In this sixth series entry, Barrows continues to provide readers with a laugh a minute in a story loaded with comic situations of which illustrator Blackall takes full advantage.
School Library Journal
Gr 23 Second-graders Ivy and Bean return to their mischievous ways as they beg their parents for ballet lessons. They get what they want, but class isn't exactly what they expected. Instead of the "kicking" and sword they saw in a picture of the ballet Giselle , they are disappointed to be learning positions, pliés, and how to be butterflies. When they are cast as squids in their first recital, they come up with several ideas for how to get out of performing without breaking their promise not to drop out of class. The story is solidly written, and the expressive black-and-white illustrations, some full page, add to the humor. Early chapter-book readers will appreciate and relate to the friends' dilemma. Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Word Count: 9,080
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 134788 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.1 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q48753
Lexile: 530L

Finally! After months of begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want . . . well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not cover karate chops and roundhouse kicks. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire ballet course! When it comes time for Ivy and Bean to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, the girls must figure out a way to get out of it without breaking their promises.

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