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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 book is a quick, easy read. But I had to read it by myself not in public because I cried, sad tears and happy tears! A wonderful book about friendships in the most unlikely places. A book I recommend to EVERYONE to read, no matter your reading level or reading interest. ( )
  mandieh | Jan 16, 2019 |
LOVED this book. Sad at times, lovely - including the illustrations. Really makes you feel the story!

Reading this with our first-grader... Oh man, already made me cry a few times. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
This story is told by the perspective of Ivan, a gorilla, that knows about the human world and continues to learn. Ivan lives in a glass cage with a dog and he has a drawing talent that is only used to make money out of it. His life is becoming boring, but with the help of the janitor and his daughter, Ivan becomes aware to the public and moved to a better home. This book allows readers to go into a different journey because the story is told by Ivan. ( )
  always_smile_jo | Nov 26, 2018 |
This book was really good. Ot was about a gorilla who is kept in captivity in a mall. This story would be good for the 4th grade age group for a read aloud book. Overall, it was a really insightful read and I would read it again. ( )
  AveryLong | Nov 24, 2018 |
This is the heart warming story of Ivan the Silverback Gorilla, a gorilla that has lived in captivity at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. His life takes on a new purpose when the baby elephant named Ruby comes to the Mall. One almost tends to forget that the characters in this book aren't human. Applegate paints a picture with words of the kindness and concern that should be a natural part of life just as Ivan paints his picture of the zoo where Ruby should call home. It is an unforgettable tale of caring and compassion that should touch the hearts of readers of all ages.

The short sentence structure and brief chapter format interspersed with illustrations is just right for the young reader. ( )
  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061992259, Hardcover)

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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