Reviews for Ivy + Bean What's the Big Idea?


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
For the science fair, second-graders Ivy and Bean come up with ideas to fight global warming. Their experiments lead the girls to ask some good questions: e.g., How can grownups be taught to like nature as much as kids do? Their answer, like many scientific ideas, is simple but brilliant. Barrows and Blackall keep this seventh series entry original and funny. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #6
For the science fair, second-graders Ivy and Bean need to come up with an idea to fight global warming. A few false starts involve hurling ice cubes into the sky while jumping on a trampoline (a low-tech attempt to cool down the air); tying their wrists together (to make humans weaker and let the animals take over); and smashing grains of rice with a hammer (could rice be a new source of clean energy?). Though wildly unsuccessful and not even all that fun, these experiments eventually lead the girls to ask some good questions: Why don't grownups like (and therefore care about) nature as much as kids do, and how can they be taught to like it? The answer they come up with, like many scientific ideas, is simple but brilliant: give grownups their favorite thing -- a calm, quiet rest -- in a natural setting. How Ivy and Bean accomplish this deserves a prize, and Barrows and Blackall deserve kudos for keeping this seventh book in the series original and funny. jennifer m. brabander Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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