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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan (edition 2012)

by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illustrator)

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Title:The One and Only Ivan
Authors:Katherine Applegate
Other authors:Patricia Castelao (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 320 pages
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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


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Summary: A story of a silver back gorilla named Ivan who was taken away from his family, who was murdered by humans. He is living in a mall behind glass but soon starts to enjoy it so, becoming accustomed to the human ways. He enjoys his television but enjoys is art more. He enjoys the simple things in life from the different tastes of fruits to the sound leaves make in the wind and the vibrant colors leaves can have. This is all great until he meets a new friend named Ruby. Ruby is a baby elephant who was also taken away from her family. After seeing her being punished by humans he starts to look closely at the way he is living and finally admits that he is in a cage. He does not want to see Ruby live the way she is living and promises her that he will save her.

Personal Reaction: Amazing, great book. This book may be a book for a child reader but this is a great adult read also. Funny, sad, deep, makes you think about your best friend and your family and how far you would go to save them.

Classroom Extension: Make gorillas during arts and crafts for that is what ivan likes is art. have a colorful vibrant background and look into the what can be done to help save these endangered animals.
  estep13 | Apr 15, 2015 |
This is a great book, but a tearjerker. I really want to read it out loud to my children. This is a wonderful book for middle readers and high school students the content is great and the language is simple
  RachelSchillreff | Apr 13, 2015 |
I read the one and only Ivan and the main character is Ivan. Ivan is trustworthy to his friends and who's around him. He is responsible for what he has to do and does it the best he can. Ivan loves to draw and finger paint. Ivan lives in a domain in a mall until he moves to a zoo. HIs domain has 3 glass windows and one wall painted as a jungle. In the beginning of the story Ivan was lonely and had a couple friends. He was watched day after day by the people that moved through the mall.In the middle of the story Ivan makes a home picture
  EmmaVMartin | Apr 2, 2015 |
Summary: Ivan the gorilla was raised by humans. His friends are in the same circus he is in. He makes a promise to one of his friends and by using the skills he has learned from being around humans he is able to keep his promise.

Reaction: I enjoyed this book it is very cute in the way it tells the story through Ivan the gorilla.

Extension: This is a good book to read before a trip to the zoo. It gives you a feeling of compassion for zoo animals.
  Rebecca90 | Mar 22, 2015 |
I have a lot to say about The One and Only Ivan so get ready. Firstly, I'd like to thank Katherine Applegate for getting it. She understands the importance of children's literature and how it can fundamentally change the life of a child when they find the "right" book. I bet that this book would be just exactly right for a lot of children (and adults if they gave it a shot). As frequent readers of the blog will know, I am passionate about cultivating lifelong learners and lovers of reading. It is heartening to see this passion take the form of an excellent book for children. Secondly, I had no idea that the seed of this story was based off of a true tale. There really was a gorilla that lived in a shopping mall for almost 3 decades. (Just typing those words makes me ill.) Of course, the rest was fictionalized as the story is narrated by Ivan and it would be impossible to know what he was actually thinking and/or feeling during and after his captivity. Thirdly, I appreciated that the back of the book included Applegate's Newbery Medal acceptance speech. She touched on the importance of allowing children to read books that might make them sad or angry. For some reason, parents are always wary of allowing their children to experience any kind of negative emotions in literature. Do they truly believe that kids have no concept of pain, fear, or sadness? Wouldn't it be better if they read about it and discussed it with their parents afterward in a safe and loving environment? What if by reading a book that made them think and question the world around them they became more well-rounded human beings? In conclusion, don't censor your child's reading. If they want to read a comic book, let them. If they want to read a series with a gazillion books in it, let them. If they want to read Little Women, let them. And if they want to read this book, read it with them. ( )
  AliceaP | Mar 7, 2015 |
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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.

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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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