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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
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The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

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This story is about a gorilla held captive in the worst environment. This story is based on a true story. He is accustomed to the humans seeing him through a glass window. Soon things change for the better when a young elephant arrives from the wild. This story is good for children fourth to sixth graders due to the theme and contents of the story. This can be used in the classroom to introduce research papers since this is based on a true story. It can also be used to examine the theme to its full extent. ( )
  maria.baltazar | Mar 13, 2017 |
This book is Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. The story changes later in the story after Ivan was sent off to live in a zoo. Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a stationary circus.
  hildaalcaraz | Mar 13, 2017 |
A 2016 nutmeg book award nominee and winner for the intermediate category, Ivan the gorilla in a sad mal/arcade gives a great use of POV as an animal with his also caged friend, the elephant.
  Kaitlyn_Rivera | Feb 21, 2017 |
Great. I read this as an adult and thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I recommended it to my husband. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
"Humans waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot.” Ivan, a silverback goilla. Ivan is the voice of the marvelous and touching story.

Ivan, is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 off I 95, Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen, (he has a television in his domain), and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Ivan paintings are sold in the gift shop along with ashtrays made from gorilla hands. Life is pretty sad for a lonely gorilla.
Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

The story is based on an actually gorilla named Ivan.

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  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
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It is never too late to be

what you might have been.

--George Eliot
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for Julia
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I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. It's not as easy as it looks.
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When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
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Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:49 -0400)

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When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

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