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Book Review

This book has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the first book in the "Candlewick Sparks" series.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

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Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Zelda and Ivy are sisters who appear in three tales: "The Runaways," "The Time Capsule" and "The Secret Concoction." In the first story, the talking animal foxes run away (to their backyard) rather than eat Dad's cucumber sandwiches again. They bury their favorite toys in a time capsule in story No. 2, only to miss their treasures and dig them back up. When Zelda struggles to write a haiku in story No. 3, Ivy concocts a jar of "creative juice" for her sister made from items such as glue and orange juice.

Christian Beliefs


Other Belief Systems

Zelda has a "lucky" jewel, which she believes will help her improve both her piano playing and her poetry writing. Ivy makes a potion for Zelda, hoping it will help her finish her poem.

Authority Roles

Zelda and Ivy's parents appear only in the first story. Though they don't let on, they seem to realize that the girls have only "run away" to the backyard. They go about their business and even do fun things like dancing to lure the girls back home. When the girls do return, Mom and Dad don't waver — they still make their children eat the dreaded cucumber sandwiches.





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