|Zelda & Ivy|
Title & Author:
Zelda and Ivy by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
What It's About:
This book is part of a series and can be read by a fairly new reader with some help. There are three chapters or parts to this one. In the first chapter, you are introduced to Zelda and Ivy, two young foxes who are sisters and you quickly gain insight into their expected dynamic as siblings. In the second chapter, they pretend to be in the circus, with older sister Zelda calling out all the tricks and dear, sweet Ivy doing her best to be a good sport and play along. In the last chapter, you get to see exactly what the girls are made of when they end up sharing a favorite toy and things don't go quite how you would expect them to.
You can't help but root for Ivy when older sister Zelda tries to take advantage of her status as older sister. But, just as with all siblings, when the tricking and the bickering is through, you can see the tenderness of the bond they share as sisters and best friends. The things Zelda convinces Ivy to participate in and how she does it is pure, manipulative art. I was breathless with laughter at times over Zelda's convenient wit and smarts- you have to have a sense of humor when reading this book to appreciate the comedy in the way siblings really behave with one another.