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Written by Katherine Coville & illustrated by Celia Kaspar
Book #1 in the Ivy Series
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What's Ivy About

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Ivy’s grandmother is a healer—to mostly four-legged patients of the forest. Although the woodland creatures love her, the residents of Broomsweep grumble about Grandmother’s unkempt garden. When a kingdom-wide contest is announced to proclaim the tidiest town in the land, the people of Broomsweep are determined to win. That is, if they can get Ivy’s grandmother to clean up her ways. Ivy is determined to lend a hand, but the task proves more challenging when a series of unexpected refugees descends on Grandmother’s cottage. Before the week is over, an injured griffin, a dragon with a cold, and a tiny flock of temperamental pixies will cause a most untidy uproar in Broomsweep . . . and brighten Ivy’s days in ways she never could have dreamed.

What Kind of Book is Ivy

Quotes from Ivy

  • “Ivy had a way with animals. Beasts and birds were not afraid of her. They let her touch them and feed them and carry them, and though she couldn’t understand their languages, she seemed to know what they liked.”
  • “Ivy tried again to sneak a look. This time she kept her face away from her hands as she moved her thumb just a crack. Out popped a tiny head–an exquisitely shaped little person’s head. It was saying something that Ivy imagined must have been very rude, but she couldn’t understand it.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Ask your child about the pixie incident to hear how Ivy makes a new neighborhood friend, and talk about how learning more about someone might change your opinion of them.

  • Ask your child about the importance of being polite around the pixies, and use it as an opportunity to discuss manners.

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Who Wrote Ivy

Katherine Coville

KATHERINE COVILLE is an artist, a sculptor, and a doll maker who specializes in highly detailed images of creatures never before seen in this world. She has illustrated several books written by her husband, Bruce Coville, including Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework, and the Space Brat series. Bruce and Katherine live in Syracuse, New York, with a varying assortment of pets and children.

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Celia Kaspar's Book Dedication

For Cara Joy

What town do Ivy and her grandmother live?
  1. In Broomstock
  2. In Broomsweep
  3. In Gallawith
  4. In Galladen
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January 1, 2017
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