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Zelda and Ivy, the runaways

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K-Gr. 3. Adorable fox sisters Zelda and Ivy return in a beginning chapter book divided into three episodes. In the first story, Zelda rebels when she learns that Dad has made cucumber sandwiches for lunch, again: "That's it. I'm running away." Ivy follows, and after packing their essentials (pj's, Princess Mimi doll, tea set), the sisters decamp to a secluded spot in the yard. In this and in the following stories, which focus on the sisters' time capsule and on an invented love potion, Kvasnosky weaves in brisk, pitch-perfect dialogue: "I wish we had cookies," says Ivy, hiding in the yard. "Be tough," Zelda responds. Children will recognize the details and the sibling dynamics, which are nicely enhanced in the gouache pictures' saturated colors and uncluttered scenes. Whether reading alone or aloud, kids will look forward to more from the fox sisters, who find excitement and adventure in the cozy indoors as well as in familiar backyards. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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