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Ivy Loves to Give – Book review by S.A. Barone

Book Review by S. A. Barone

Freya Blackwood is the author and illustrator of Ivy Loves to Give.  She is certainly tuned into a preschooler’s sensibilities. 

Her story opens with Ivy offering a pink tutu to a friendly goat.  Then she gives a shoe to a snail, glasses to a dog, tea to a hen, and a pacifier to a cat.  Sometimes her presents are the wrong size or they don’t fit properly, or they taste funny or feel strange.  Each of her recipients seems quite uninterested in her gift.  Like the cat that looks at the pacifier with a grief-stricken expression, all the while, in the background, members of her family search for that same item. 

At the end, a wordless double-page spread brings Ivy’s family face to face with the animals and their missing possessions.

Once kids understand the concept, they’ll be hooked and want to go back to look for the connections between Ivy’s “gifts” and her family members.

This is one delightful book and should be in all preschooler’s libraries.

Happy Reading!

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley  has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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