In the first book of the Ivy and Bean series, we meet seven year old Bean — a girl with a lot of friends. She doesn’t need a new friend, particularly the nice girl, Ivy, from across the street, because “nice, Bean knew, is another word for boring.” Ivy wears a headband. Bean definitely does not. When Bean’s plans to play a prank on her older sister go south, Ivy steps in to help. Ivy surprises Bean. “Ivy looked like a wimp, but she didn’t talk like one.” So begins Ivy and Bean’s friendship. It’s a great book that shows that people can surprise you and friendship can come from any corner. I just loved this book and can see why this series so popular in my library. It’s cute without being “too cute”.
Ivy and Bean is a wonderful early chapter series perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade. There are now 10 books in the series.