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 Ivy and Bean get to work! (Ivy And Bean)
 Author: Barrows, Annie

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 122 p., ill., 19 xm

 BTSB No: 093866 ISBN: 9781797205106
 Ages: 6-10 Grades: 1-5

 Buried treasure -- Fiction
 School stories
 Humorous fiction
 Occupations -- Fiction
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $20.48

It's Career Day at Emerson Elementary School, and all the students have to choose what they want to be when they grow up. Ivy and Bean already have that all figured out. At least, they thought so, until they met Herman the Treasure Hunter. Now every second-grader is looking for treasure and finding it--except for Ivy and Bean. The girls are anxious to get out their shovels and turn up some treasure on the double!

 Illustrator: Blackall, Sophie
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 511985

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/15/21)
   School Library Journal (05/01/21)
   Booklist (02/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/03/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/01/2021 The school career fair provides unexpected inspiration for Ivy and Bean. After wandering around the cafeteria and talking with a banker, an architect, and a plumber, the girls notice a crowd of students clustered around the table where Eliza’s grandpa describes his occupation: treasure hunter. Unable to afford a metal detector, Ivy and Bean start their own search relying first on intuition, then random digging, and finally a divining rod that each girl uses to guide the other toward “discovering” loot buried in their yards. The next day at recess, all the second-grade treasure hunters compare their finds, trade put-downs, and experience disillusion with their chosen career, before starting a swapping session that leaves them feeling like winners. Grounded in everyday details of primary-grade children's experiences, Barrows’ amusing narrative is just right for the audience. Blackall’s expressive black-and-white illustrations brighten every double-page spread while clarifying terms such as divining rod. The twelfth volume in the dependable Ivy and Bean series delivers an engaging story for kids moving up to chapter books. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 05/01/2021 Gr 1–4—In the latest "Ivy and Bean" tale, the principal visits the girls' classroom to announce a career fair. There, the second graders are inspired to become treasure hunters. The classmates uncover various treasures including a broken plate, a lost toy, a hoard of cans, and a bunch of change. Feeling left out, Ivy and Bean use a divining rod (and some creativity) to locate things in each others' yards—they have each hidden items for the other to find. After a show-and-tell among the classmates, an exchange ensues, and Ivy and Bean are content to return to their pre–career fair plans for their futures. As always, Barrows's concise, clever text captures a child's voice and perspective. Characters are fully realized with age-appropriate thoughts, actions, and attitudes. This accessible story will appeal to children ready for short chapter books and will work equally well read aloud. Depicting a diverse classroom of distinctive students, Blackwell's signature black-and-white illustrations break up the text and bring Barrows's characters to life. Though this is the 12th in the series, it stands on its own; however, new readers will want to discover the duo's previous adventures. Ivy and Bean are both cued as white. VERDICT This funny, engaging story is an excellent addition to all libraries, and a must for those stocking the series.—Amy Lilien-Harper, Wilton Lib., CT - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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