ZELDA AND IVY by Laura McGee Kvasnosky


One Christmas
Age Range: 3 - 8
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In her third book about the fox sisters Zelda and Ivy, Kvasnosky has created a satisfying holiday story that works as either a long picture book or a transitional chapter book for girls in the primary grades. Big sister Zelda and little sister Ivy bake cookies with their neighbor, Mrs. Brownlie, and discuss their ideal Christmas gifts. Zelda wants a velvet ball gown and Ivy wants a Princess Mimi doll, but Mom and Dad Fox are planning practical matching bathrobes. In the second chapter the fox sisters play fortuneteller with a golden Christmas ornament, and in the third, they celebrate Christmas with surprise packages containing their longed-for gifts from the Christmas Elf (also known as their kind neighbor). In return, the fox girls give Mrs. Brownlie a handmade bracelet and help her celebrate her first Christmas without her husband. Kvasnosky captures the dynamics between sisters with just a few deft phrases, effectively illustrating Zelda’s bossy big-sister attitude and Ivy’s earnest attempts to be a big fox. The jolly, flat paintings in gouache resist offer charming glimpses from varying perspectives of an average, middle-class fox family in a friendly neighborhood with sidewalks, swings, and big backyards, a place where Christmas wishes must certainly come true. There are so many series books with male characters that it’s gratifying to see a series with two female main characters who unabashedly enjoy their dolls and fancy dresses. A sweet Christmas treat. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-7636-1000-3
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2000


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