From the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom. Zelda Becht left her job as a legal secretary to weld destroyer escorts during World War II. In this insightful look at sisterhood, two young foxes take different approaches to playing.
Zelda decides that she and her younger sister will play circus; she is the announcer, and Ivy is the performer of increasingly death-defying, Zelda-dictated tricks. Laura McGee Kvasnosky is one of five children and drew on her experiences as a middle child as well as on observations of her own two children to create the feisty fox sisters. Laura McGee Kvasnosky's newest trio of stories is an entertaining and genuine look at the ups and downs of sisterhood."You go, girls! When Zelda and Ivy's parents serve them cucumber sandwiches for lunch, these sibling buddies take appropriate action: They run away from home. LAURA MCGEE KVASNOSKY has written and illustrated many books for young readers, including FRANK AND IZZY SET SAIL, as well as the other books about the fabulous fox sisters: ZELDA AND IVY, ZELDA AND IVY AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ZELDA AND IVY ONE CHRISTMAS. 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.
Laura McGee Kvasnosky says, "This is my third book about Zelda and Ivy, but still I was delightfully surprised that Zelda wanted an evening gown for Christmas.
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The fabulous Fox sisters from Zelda and Ivy are back -- and this time, they have a new playmate: their next-door neighbor, Eugene. In the second story, Zelda won't let Ivy play "pirate" with Eugene and her because, she says, "methinks you don't know how to talk like a pirate." But with a little clever thinking, Ivy proves herself indispensable to the game. Vastly appealing as either a sequel or a stand-alone book, Zelda and Ivy and the Boy Next Door features illustrations that are as spirited and vibrant as the story itself. PreS-Gr 2-The fabulous fox sisters introduced in Zelda and Ivy (Candlewick, 1998) are back. The charming red fox siblings (Zelda and Ivy, 1998, not reviewed) make a new friend when the fox next door, Eugene, enters their lives. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. Zelda longs for a fancy evening gown, and Ivy has her heart set on a Princess Mimi doll complete with ballet accessories.
As always, Zelda embraces her role of the bossy big sister, and lovable little Ivy manages to "hold her own" -- resulting in a hilarious and heartwarming read. These first two tales are true to life in their treatment of the dynamics of a trio of friends: It's often two against one -- or one against two. While Zelda and Ivy are camping out in their backyard, Ivy, who's having trouble sleeping, says, "I wish we'd invited Eugene." "No way," says Zelda. Bright colors and bright expressions fill the pages and effectively portray the energy and emotion of the Fox friends.
In the first vignette, it's love at first sight when a new young fox in the neighborhood lays eyes on Zelda.
In the first picture-book chapter, "Romance," Eugene falls madly in love with Zelda, and joins the sisters in play; when Zelda consistently rejects his proposals of marriage, he transfers his affections to Ivy.

Thinking this is more essential than typing legal briefs, twenty-year-old Zelda gets a job release to become an electric arc welder at Kearny Federal Shipyard. Ivy, on the other hand, indulges her sister and wears a look of quiet dismay when things go wrong. In "Circus Act," Zelda assumes the role of master of ceremonies ("I'm the oldest") and spurs Ivy on to attempt ever-more daring feats on a swing until she takes a spill. This great act of self-empowerment is only the beginning of the Fox girl's magnificent adventures. Instead something else captures her and her friends instincts so they must go investigate to solve the scary mystery.
Eugene offers to show the sisters his Band-Aid collection -- and when he has their attention, he asks Zelda to marry him.
And the predicaments these characters find themselves in are ones young readers can relate to. In "Pirates," Zelda and Eugene play pirates in the tree house, while Ivy has been declared "too little to play." Resourceful Ivy buries a treasure and finds her way into the game.
In the first, Eugene does many favors for Zelda, hoping she'll marry him, but when she rejects him, he then asks Ivy to marry him. One day, she and car-pool buddy, Janice, are assigned to work on the top deck of a destroyer escort. In the first of three chapters, Ivy pretends to be a trapeze artist, and ringmaster Zelda tests her with increasingly difficult tricks.
It's her job to come up with the ideas and it's Ivy's job to go along with them - even when Zelda's ideas get Ivy into trouble.
In "The Latest Style," Zelda thinks up a variety of ways for the two of them to "doozy up " their tails "like movie stars" using Ivy as a model.
Brownlie, is spending Christmas alone, they have more than just their own holiday wishes to think about. Zelda wants a velvet ball gown and Ivy wants a Princess Mimi doll, but Mom and Dad Fox are planning practical matching bathrobes. All week long he pesters her with this question, but when she continues to put him off with "I'll think about it," it's Ivy who ultimately earns his heart.
And this story, like the rest, ends with a humorous twist as, in her own subtle way, Ivy gets the best of Zelda. In the second story, they all play pirates, and Eugene leaves, while the third story is about the two sisters camping in their yard. But when Zelda tells Ivy to make a wish on magic fairy dust, Zelda goes to great lengths to make sure that Ivy's wish comes true. In the final vignette, Ivy desperately wants a baton just like her sister's and Zelda tells her to put fairy dust under her pillow and wish for one.
Will the Christmas Elves leave something special under the tree for everyone?With favorite characters, an endearing story line, and beautiful illustrations trimmed with merry details, award-winning author-illustrator Laura McGee Kvasnosky's third book about the fabulous fox sisters has all the makings of an enduring Christmas classic. 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). The persistent suitor helps to clean the girls' room, agrees to be the cow while Zelda and Ivy play cowgirls, and sells lemonade with Ivy while his beloved sits in the shade.
Kvasnosky captures the love and tug of siblings, and evokes a simple world of neighborhood play.
The work incorporates different relationships but delivers no insight into their development.

This delightful picture book is sure to strike a chord with anyone who's ever been the big sister or the little sister. The illustrations are sprightly and humorous; an economic use of line and detail convincingly depicts the bossiness of Zelda, the wistfulness of Eugene, and the high hopes of little Ivy. The interactions are interesting and witty at times, but they are not the type of stories that deliver moral or educational messages. Zelda vows to find her missing friend, despite their leering foreman and the obstacles he puts in her way.
The energetic gouache-resist artwork features bright colors, homey scenes, and priceless expressions achieved with a minimum of line.
Brownlie a handmade bracelet and help her celebrate her first Christmas without her husband. In the second story, it's Ivy's turn to feel left out as Zelda and Eugene are playing pirate in their tree house.
They are fit for simple entertainment with good use of comic relief at the ends of the stories.
At the conclusion, Ivy's wish for a silver baton "just like yours" prompts Zelda to anonymously (and somewhat reluctantly) donate her own prize toy. 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 clever young fox figures out a way to get into the action and out of having to walk the plank. The illustrations do not enhance the story but aid the imagination and help to identify the characters as foxes. Bold black outlines and rough-hewn textures infuse the art with energy and lend each form an appealing solidity. 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.
In the last episode, a "sisters only" camp out in the backyard finds Ivy unable to go to sleep. Chips) shows that age has its advantages (Zelda owns the baton and gets the top bunk) as well as its responsibilities (Zelda gives Ivy the baton because of her remorse). Kvasnosky has Kevin Henkes's gift for communicating a wealth of emotion through the dot of an eye or the angle of a tail-and big and little sisters everywhere will identify with every jaunty swish and nervous droop. 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. One tune leads to another and after some wishes on shooting stars, Ivy is off to dreamland and a wide-awake Zelda has no one to sing her to sleep. Kvasnosky's clean draftsmanship of the foxes, with their arrow-shaped faces, black-dot eyes and tiny fox toys, recalls Kevin Henkes's mice, and the true-to-life childhood situations recall Henkes as well. Kvasnosky's takes on childhood friendships, creative play, and sibling dynamics are fresh and funny and completely on target. Rare for a book about siblings, its sympathies reach out to readers regardless of their birth order. Encore Zelda and Ivy!-Luann Toth, School Library Journal Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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