|Ivy lost and found (Book Buddies)|
Author: Lord, Cynthia
Ivy was Anne the librarian's doll when she was a young girl. But now she has moved to Anne's library to be its newest Book Buddy-a toy that can be checked out just like a book. Ivy isn't sure she wants to be borrowed. She'd rather just be Anne's favorite toy. Fern, a child who visits the library with her stepfamily, also wishes things could go back to the way they were, when Fern had her dad all to herself. When Fern takes Ivy home, an unexpected outdoor adventure helps both adjust to change.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 512795
Booklist (+) (09/01/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2021 *Starred Review* Ivy, a doll, remembers Anne as a little girl who played with her and shared her childhood secrets and dreams. Years later, Anne retrieves her beloved doll from the attic and takes her to the library where she works. Ivy joins Book Buddies, a small, select group of stuffed animals and dolls that children can check out and take home. Though intrigued by tales of the other toys’ adventures, Ivy is timid. Fern, a child visiting her divorced dad’s new home and family, borrows Ivy, who becomes the girl’s confidant as she struggles to adjust to an unfamiliar household. Meanwhile, Ivy begins to understand how exciting and rewarding her new role can be. In the first volume of the Book Buddies series, Lord introduces Ivy’s backstory, the series setup, and the names and personalities of the dolls and stuffed animals, while creating an engaging story of insecurity overcome by hope, courage, and love. The doll’s adventures are as vivid as a child might imagine them in play. Avoiding undue sentimentality, both the simply written narrative and the pleasing artwork convey heartfelt emotions with honesty and subtlety. Graegin’s lively, softly shaded drawings appear on most of the double-page spreads. A beguiling debut for this transitional chapter-book series. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.