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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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Newbery Medal winners don't disappoint; neither did this one! ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
Newbery award; based on true story of gorilla who was alone in small cage in mall for 27 years before being rescued and sent to Atlanta zoo where he lived with other gorillas, finally! Sad & heartwarming fictionalization adds baby elephant, dog and girl. Excellent! ( )
  gailw | Feb 23, 2015 |
I loved this story! It was so sweet, yet sad at points. It's definitely one of my favorites! ( )
  kelsey.hintzman | Feb 10, 2015 |
Response - An engaging book. Simple but elegant. I liked the short chapters and straightforwardness. Ivan's first person voice was powerful and real. I think the author did a wonderful job with characterization of the animals.

Curricular connections - read aloud, reading groups, unit on animal rights or perspective
  jegammon | Feb 8, 2015 |
Ivan is a gorilla that is living in a circus (in a mall). He is great friends with some of the other animals, especially the elephant named Stella. In hopes of making some extra money, the owner buys a baby elephant when Stella gets hurt. When Stella is close to passing, Ivan promises to take care of Ruby, the baby elephant, and makes sure she does not live there forever. Ivan follows through on his promise.

This book is themed with honesty, hope and compassion.

Curriculum wise, this book could be a quick read aloud to teach the themes above.
  kelly.haskins | Jan 25, 2015 |
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It is never too late to be

what you might have been.

--George Eliot
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.

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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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