Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster,



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  1. Allyse Allyse says:

    THINGS I LEARNED FROM IDA B.That..there isthan one way to tell each other things, and there sthan one way to listen too ThatEven when you think you re in heaven, you need to stay alert and have a planbut some things are very hard to plan for ThatWhen your heart changes, you change, and you have to make new plans ThatSometimes our head knows something, but our hearts refuse to feel it That..Sometimes our unhappiness is the quiet kind, that doesn t do much and says even THINGS I LEARNED FROM IDA B.That..there isthan one way to tell each other things, and there sthan one way to listen too ThatEven when you think you re in heaven, you need to stay alert and have a planbut some things are very hard to plan for ThatWhen your heart changes, you change, and you have to make new plans ThatSometimes our head knows something, but our hearts refuse to feel it That..Sometimes our unhappiness is the quiet kind, that doesn t do much and says even less That..A warm heart turned cold can t help but turn warm again if the right people are let in That..in books lie a whole other world and sometimes that s where it s nice to be That..happiness is best satisfied when shared That..just because you make a thought go quiet, doesn t mean you ve gotten rid of it That..sometimes when you haven t talked with a friend for a while, even if it s strange and stiff and you don t quite know what to say, it can still feel better than ever That..letting go can sometimes mean you grow That..even if you make things rightall may not be perfect That..sometimes a silence between friends needs to be crossed to be comfortable and it may seem dangerous and you might want to plan for it..but just taking that step without to much considering will put you on the other side in an instant That..feelings are words that can go straight to the heart Ida B is not just any fourth grade little girlbut little girls with thoughts and feeling like hers exist A nod to Katherine Hannigan for writing a book for them Anyone can enjoy Ida B, but a few will understand and learn from her without the wordsthey ll learn with their hearts I ve seen her compared to Junie B., who my class, and I have to admit from time to time I enjoy However, she is not like Junie B besides the fact that we get to hear her thoughts She is an old soul in a little girls bodywe, I mean they exist I don t want to say much about the story but I do want to say take a leap of faith and pick it up By turns you will laugh, cry, hold your breath as you wait for resolution, and finally sigh why you sigh would be telling I certainly hope that someonea little girlor a big one like me will read this, read Ida B, relate and perhaps pass it on


  2. Canadian Canadian says:

    Ida B Applewood has been home schooled for the last five years She tried kindergarten but was so unhappy with the rules and regimentation that her parents, apple farmers, decided it would be best if they educated her at home She s been blissfully happy ever since However, now that she s nine, a big and terrible change has come Mama has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the treatments she must undergo will not allow her to attend to Ida B s instruction Further, without Ida B s Ida B Applewood has been home schooled for the last five years She tried kindergarten but was so unhappy with the rules and regimentation that her parents, apple farmers, decided it would be best if they educated her at home She s been blissfully happy ever since However, now that she s nine, a big and terrible change has come Mama has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the treatments she must undergo will not allow her to attend to Ida B s instruction Further, without Ida B s mother s help, Daddy will have to do all the farm work himself The girl has to attend school What s , she has to cope with the fact that in order to pay for her mother s medical treatment, her father has to sell some of the family s beloved orchard.Ida B is not so self centered that she is not distressed by her mother s illness and her father s sadness, but she feels she must harden her heart and sharpen its edges against the blows she has been dealt It s the only way to cope with returning to school.Once at school, she rejects the warmth of her teacher and the friendliness of the students in her class She discovers, as well, that it is the family of one of her classmates who has purchased the Applewood land They re building a house on the property, and they have cut down the lovely apple trees that were Ida B s friends.It takes effort for Ida B to maintain her hard heartedness, and the author is very good at depicting the confusion of emotions in her young protagonist as the girl attempts to cope with significant life changes.At first, I didn t like this novel at all Ida B isthan a bit precious She names and talks to trees and brooks, who answer her back, and she s obviously intended to be a darling, nature loving eccentric I don t see any reason why the author couldn t have left out these annoyingly twee verbal and behavioral tics It would have made for a far better novel.So, in the end, I ve got mixed feelings about this book for girls 8 to 12 years of age The strengths of the novel include its sensitive rendering of a child s emotional turmoil, but, unfortunately, they re coupled with some of the most irritating and sentimental characteristics of American children s literature


  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    Ida B is an only child in a perfect world She spends her days making miniature rafts with questions attached like, What is life like in Canada Her best friends are the apple trees, with whom she has long conversations.Then one day the apple trees are worried, daddy seems worried, and mommy doesn t seem the same Her parents tell her that her mother is sick and while she s trying to get better, Ida is going to have to stop being homeschooled, and instead go to school in town Ida is furious, Ida B is an only child in a perfect world She spends her days making miniature rafts with questions attached like, What is life like in Canada Her best friends are the apple trees, with whom she has long conversations.Then one day the apple trees are worried, daddy seems worried, and mommy doesn t seem the same Her parents tell her that her mother is sick and while she s trying to get better, Ida is going to have to stop being homeschooled, and instead go to school in town Ida is furious, hurt, and betrayed.It takes the loving, and patient help of a 4th grade teacher, her parents, and ultimately Ida herself to break down the stony exterior she builds up, and find a way to heal.There is an element of environmentalism and protecting the earth s natural resources in the book, too, which works well with older elementary students.The voice of Ida B is amazing and poignant The book absolutely screams to be read aloud Ida will make you laugh, shake your head in amazement, and probably shed a tear or two for an amazing little girl who tries to find a way to be herself when her world is turned upside down.From the first page Ida B, Mama said to me on one of those days that start right and just keep heading toward perfect until you go to sleep, when you re done with the dishes, you can go play Daddy and I are going to be working till dinner Yes, ma am, I said back, but I said it like this, Yes, MAY uhm because I couldn t wait to get on with my business I could already hear the brook calling to me through the back door screen, C mon out and play, Ida B Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up I had three places I wanted to visit, six things I wanted to make, and two conversations I hoped to have before dinnertime


  4. Shoa Khan Shoa Khan says:

    Reading this book made me feel that maybe, just maybe I ve been reading too many MG books of late It did get better after a point and has its heart in the right place, but it made me want to break the monotony in my reading habit.I couldn t help but compare the protagonist to the one in Flipped, and while the character of Juli Baker is one you cannot help falling in love with, the love for nature somehow seemed forced in Ida B.That said, it made for an easy read and also carried an important le Reading this book made me feel that maybe, just maybe I ve been reading too many MG books of late It did get better after a point and has its heart in the right place, but it made me want to break the monotony in my reading habit.I couldn t help but compare the protagonist to the one in Flipped, and while the character of Juli Baker is one you cannot help falling in love with, the love for nature somehow seemed forced in Ida B.That said, it made for an easy read and also carried an important lesson, that sometimes all it takes to fix things is a heartfelt apology


  5. Hanah Hanah says:

    After finishing this book and failing to find words for how much I loved it, I checked out some other people s reviews here and onfor inspiration I was surprised to discover that a lot of people think of it as a book about environmentalism I can kind of see that if I squint, but for me the message about loving nature was a much softer undercurrent, not the main point of the book at all.For me, this is a book about Big Feelings, and about a child going through those feelings for the fir After finishing this book and failing to find words for how much I loved it, I checked out some other people s reviews here and onfor inspiration I was surprised to discover that a lot of people think of it as a book about environmentalism I can kind of see that if I squint, but for me the message about loving nature was a much softer undercurrent, not the main point of the book at all.For me, this is a book about Big Feelings, and about a child going through those feelings for the first time and not knowing how to cope with them It s about feeling so angry and disappointed and betrayed that you don t even remember how to be a friend any, and about going through months of life with that hurt being the only thing animating you And then it s about how to come back alive from that place, how to apologize and forgive, and how to let joy and love back into your life even when the paradise you once had is lost forever This is very heavy and very deep subject matter for kids, but it s important even at a young age The way it s presented in the book is very relatable, and often quite a lot of fun As I was reading and saw the plot start to unfold, I was worried that this was going to be an I used to be homeschooled but now I m in public school and it turns out to be even better story I was pleased to find that that didn t turn out to be the message at all Ida B learns to get along in public school, and even to like it a bit, but it s clear that she s remaining there because of her family situation, not because it s a better option than homeschooling And I think that s a very important message as well that an ideal situation may not be possible, or that the best available solution may be different as time goes on and circumstances change.I read this for myself, but I m going to read it aloud to my six year old too He s definitely too young to read it on his own, and he might be too young to fully grasp the insights in the novel, but I think these are messages he could benefit from hearing, and I want to give it a try


  6. Meg Meg says:

    In this book, I saw so many similarities between the character and myself This quote describes how I reacted to things many times growing up Quote I couldn t do anything except curl up like a ball on the floor of the barn and lie there, crying The kind of tears that burn your eyes, and the sort of sobs that make your chest ache so that you re sure it s going to bust open And when the sobs finally ran out, the tears kept coming, so I lay there with my mouth wide open, but I hardly made a so In this book, I saw so many similarities between the character and myself This quote describes how I reacted to things many times growing up Quote I couldn t do anything except curl up like a ball on the floor of the barn and lie there, crying The kind of tears that burn your eyes, and the sort of sobs that make your chest ache so that you re sure it s going to bust open And when the sobs finally ran out, the tears kept coming, so I lay there with my mouth wide open, but I hardly made a sound Just air going into me, and a heavy wind full of sorrow coming out But as I cried, my heart was being transformed It was getting smaller and smaller in my chest and hardening up like a rock The smaller and harder my heart got, the less I cried, until finally I stopped completely By the time I was finished, my heart was small enough to fit in the palm of my hand It was so hard nobody could break it and so sharp it would hurt anybody who touched it p.86


  7. rachel rachel says:

    I am getting old All I could think as I was reading about Ida B proceeding from one bratty, precocious, stereotypical only child action to the next was Get this kid stricter parenting The story is this Ida B, her parents, and their many animals live on many acres of land with trees and a brook Ida B loves to take her animals to the brook and talk to the brook and the trees, which she has given names and which talk back to her She went to school for like three days btw and hated it, so I am getting old All I could think as I was reading about Ida B proceeding from one bratty, precocious, stereotypical only child action to the next was Get this kid stricter parenting The story is this Ida B, her parents, and their many animals live on many acres of land with trees and a brook Ida B loves to take her animals to the brook and talk to the brook and the trees, which she has given names and which talk back to her She went to school for like three days btw and hated it, so her parents chose to homeschool her Then her mom gets cancer, her dad has a hard time managing time and money, and he has to both stop homeschooling her and sell the land that Ida B s tree friends are on He sells the land to a family that ends up cutting them down Ida B freaks out and is mad at everyone about the trees and about the fact that she has to go to public school Now I know that it is totally normal for 9 and 10 year olds to only be thinking of their own needs And maybe my ability to read stories like these is tarnished by being closer to the parent s age than the kid s age now which still seems like an odd thing to say in one s mid 20 s But that doesn t make Ida B. an enjoyable read I was hedging towards finding it OK around the time when she starts to see that her cruel actions were an offshoot of the anger she had from her mom being sick Then I lost all that goodwill at the part where she apologizes to trees for her behavior, but not really her parents I swear I did not make that up and then she and her dad are talking about how nature takes care of us and I m like, Wait, wasn t she a super brat to her cancer stricken mother Was that not actually the point of this book


  8. Megan Anderson Megan Anderson says:

    I Love This Book Why didn t it win an award It s brilliant, and it has all the right pieces a loveable main character, gorgeous prose, and a plot so realistically drawn that it s easy to fall into It struck a chord with me, and I found myself laughing even as tears poured down my face Such a beautiful, beautiful novel first novel, especially This book is made of win, and everyone especially teachers need to read it Now.5 5 on here, 10 10 for myself


  9. Josiah Josiah says:

    It s not easy to be an Ida B in our world From an early point in this book, it s plain to see that Ida B s quirkiness extends beyond that of most other kids, into a range of idiosyncrasy that will always make it difficult for her to accept when her well laid plans don t go the way she envisions Most people shrug off unwanted changes and deviations to their plans with relative ease, knowing that our world is too crazy and unpredictable for us to ever realistically expect everything to go our wa It s not easy to be an Ida B in our world From an early point in this book, it s plain to see that Ida B s quirkiness extends beyond that of most other kids, into a range of idiosyncrasy that will always make it difficult for her to accept when her well laid plans don t go the way she envisions Most people shrug off unwanted changes and deviations to their plans with relative ease, knowing that our world is too crazy and unpredictable for us to ever realistically expect everything to go our way, but not Ida B I know the burden of how it feels to always care too much, to dream so big that a letdown is crushing beyond one s ability to cope, because I m an Ida B , too And the positives of being an Ida B are indescribably wonderful, emotions so vivid and sweeping that they can carry a person off in their wake on a thrill ride the likes of which few will ever experience But in our world, where the ability to scramble when plans change and to adapt to the bitterness of unmet expectations are the ultimate survival mechanisms, being an Ida B can be a wobbly tower that is destined for a hard crash to the ground, often sooner than later And how does one, being an Ida B, recover from that If I were to select a handful of the freshest voices in literature from the 2000 2010 timeframe, Ida B s would certainly make the list Sort of a cross between Barbara Park s Junie B Jones and Caitlin from Kathryn Erskine s Mockingbird, Ida B s manner of speaking is as memorable as it is indelible, and it s her unique personal style,than anything else, that will make this book unforgettable to readers Just take her beginning school experiences in kindergarten, for example Ida B neededfreedom than the conventional education system allowed, and being made to sit through regular school everyday was a drain on her bright and beautiful spirit that simply could not go unchecked This is why, from the first pages of Ida B, she is home schooled by her parents, who understood as far back as when she was in kindergarten that their daughter s needs were different from those of other kids, and took the necessary measures to provide her with what she needed However, it was only a matter of time before Ida B s fragile peace with her immediate world would be broken, and that is the story we find in this book I won t spoil the story for anyone by telling exactly how things begin to go wrong for Ida B once she reaches fourth grade, but the demise of her meticulously planned home existence is quick and leaves her with a horde of changes to adjust to, changes that to a girl like Ida B seem absolutely unacceptable Whatever happened to all of her careful planning for the future, both long term and short term Why is it that now, years after the kindergarten debacle that ended so nicely, Ida B must confront the issue of public school yet again, but this time without another option to fall back on if she can t stand the requirements of conformity For Ida B, whose enthusiasm for life as she knows it is as pure as it comes and who lives, truly, just how she wants to, the trials that are now coming her way are enough to cast her down from her tower of happiness, to leave her back on the ground floor after she had planned so long for what she wanted and how she wanted it to happen She is a true Ida B, and the rigidity of her idealism has now become the greatest obstacle to her happiness But then, that s the price one pays for being an Ida B To survive the changes coming so quickly to the life she once knew, Ida B learns what all human beings must in order to function in an imperfect world for the long haul our existence on planet earth will never be something that we can arrange perfectly, will never be under our control enough to allow us to dictate terms as if we were in charge The truth is, not one of us is the boss of even our own life, and only by the grace of Providence can we hope, not expect, for the tide to eventually turn and a few good things to begin coming our way again after a string of bad luck To expect that the plans we lay out so carefully will be followed at all by the narrative of our personal history is to ensure stress and strife, and to think that we can have it made if we just figure out what we want and then present the world with our schematic is a blueprint for disaster And as Ida B comes to terms with the truth that in a broken world filled with broken people there s no way we can ever hope for our story to proceed in unbroken fashion, her Ida B heart doesn t fundamentally change rather, she simply keeps on going forward because she knows that s the only thing to do, and tries to set right the parts of her life that she knows she can fix even while assimilating the inevitability of change to her once perfect existence, recognizing that nothing stays the same forever, so we must cherish the goodness that our lives do offer for as long as it stays with us It s the only way to hold on, even for but a transient moment in time, to our happiness Ida B is one of those books that has Newbery written all over it, despite not being rewarded for it by the 2005 committee The book s emotion is keenly relevant to the reader s life, the rich wisdom of experience coming through in every facet of the narrative as we observe Ida B s reaction to change in her life and realize that we are faced every day with the same sorts of decisions that she has to make Our real life stories don t usually have clean endings, easily recognizable moments of transfer from unhappiness to happiness, and this book is completely faithful to that reality, not giving readers a synthetic happy ending that would compromise the poignancy of the story and its honest emotions up to that point The life that Ida B enters into as the book closes is as realistic as the one she had always lived, and gives us not an end to a story, but another jumping off place by whichlife is about to begin As in our own lives, the end of a road is never just the conclusion of a story, but the beginning of what happens next Even if we can t know where the next road might take us Would I recommend Ida B I most certainly would For readers who love to hear a fresh narrative voice, or who read because stories are the best way to receive a full emotional education, Ida B is a junior novel that should not be missed Katherine Hannigan is an excellent writing talent, and I m looking forward to immersing myself inof what she has to offer If it s as good as Ida B, then I know it will be worth it


  10. Kristin Kristin says:

    I wanted to read something yesterday when I was in bed with the flu, and I wanted a story My currently reading list is all nonfiction right now, but Ida B, with its brightly colored cover, called to me from the bookshelf What a fun, quirky character Ida B is I read the entire book quite quickly Althought it s a little younger than the other YA books I read Ida B is a fourth grader , this is a delightful story written in a creative and humorous voice Just what I needed for an uplifting read I wanted to read something yesterday when I was in bed with the flu, and I wanted a story My currently reading list is all nonfiction right now, but Ida B, with its brightly colored cover, called to me from the bookshelf What a fun, quirky character Ida B is I read the entire book quite quickly Althought it s a little younger than the other YA books I read Ida B is a fourth grader , this is a delightful story written in a creative and humorous voice Just what I needed for an uplifting read


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Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World [Ebook] ➧ Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World Author Katherine Hannigan – Thomashillier.co.uk Ida B Applewood believes there is never enough time for funThat s why she s so happy to be homeschooled and to spend every free second outside with the trees and the brookThen some not so great things Ida B Applewood believes there is . . MOBI ´ never enough time for funThat s why she s so Ida B. PDF/EPUB ² happy to be homeschooled and to spend every free second outside with the trees and the brookThen B. . . PDF/EPUB ç some not so great things happen in her world Ida B has to go back to that Place of Slow but Sure Body Cramping, Mind Numbing, Fun Killing Torture school She feels her heart getting smaller and smaller and hardening into a sharp, black stoneHow can things go from righter than right to a million miles beyond wrong Can Ida B put together a plan to get things back to just about perfect again.