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Library : Book Reviews > Zelda and Ivy One...

Zelda and Ivy One Christmas
By Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Review by: Jerrie DeRose

     Zelda and Ivy One Christmas by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, is a heartwarming tale full of humor, childhood imagination, and generosity starring the Fox sisters.
     While helping their neighbor, Mrs. Brownlie, bake gingerbread cookies, the two sisters find what they want for Christmas in a catalog at her house. Although she has never been to a Christmas Ball, Mrs. Brownlie's stories make Zelda wish for a velvet ball gown. Ivy, her sister, longs for a Princess Mimi doll complete with pink tutu and accessories. However, Ivy and Zelda's own Christmas wishes soon take a back seat due to their the concerns and caring for their neighbor, when Mrs. Brownlie reminisces about the last time she danced with Mr. Brownlie and how this Christmas wouldn't be same without him. In the guise of "Christmas elves", these three characters turn Christmas into a truly memorable event, which illustrates the power of love and the holiday spirit.
     About the Author: Laura McGee Kvasnosky has published eleven books for young readers. She says of Zelda and Ivy One Christmas, "this is my third book about two sisters but still I was delightfully surprised that Zelda wanted an evening gown for Christmas. Being surprised is what it's all about in writing, after all".
     This book was selected to be an ALA Notable Children's Book and a School Library Journal Best Book of the year.

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