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Ivy Loves to Give Ivy Loves to Give

Written & Illustrated by Freya Blackwood

A gift book that's a joy to give!

Giving gifts is so much fun!

A pair of glasses for the dog…

A pacifier for the cat…

Oops, that can't be right!

Ivy is determined to find a gift that's just right for everyone in her family.

But will there be a present left for Ivy when all the gifts are given?


"In this understated gem, a small girl gets a thrill out of acts of largesse--even if the things she bestows aren't really hers to give or don't have any utility for the recipients. Ivy gives her grandmother's reading glasses to the dog, her mother's coffee to the family's chicken, and her baby sibling's pacifier to the cat (who is definitely not amused). Fortunately, her family has no problem with regifting, and when Ivy gets it right, "her presents feel good, taste delicious, fit perfectly, and are exactly the right size." A modest act of generosity by Ivy's older sister brings the story full circle and allows a tip of the hat to two universally recognized truths: receiving is as nice as giving, and the finest gifts aren't always things (Ivy's "best gift of all" is a hug). Blackwood's (Her Mother's Face) text--five sentences total--is brilliant in its economy, empathy, and pacing; the same can be said for the subtle and slyly funny family characterizations of her delicate pencil and watercolor drawings, rendered on a creamy white backdrop with minimal propping." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Blackwood is tuned into a preschooler’s sensibilities; the story is funny and touching without a hint of condescension. Ivy re-gifts her offerings to their correct owners, and a small drama involving the tutu (her sister’s) —‘Ivy loves to give, but sometimes she would rather keep’—brings the sweet story to a satisfying close.” — Horn Book


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Indie Bound

Fall 2010
Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-545-23467-2
Price: $15.99 / $19.99
Trim Size: 9-3/5" x 9-3/5"
Page Count: 24
Foreign Rights: Little Hare Books / Australian Licensing Corporation
Translation Rights: Little Hare Books / Australian Licensing Corporation
Rights Available? yes


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