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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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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 |
This is a fantasy story about a Silverback gorilla named Ivan who is trapped at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. Ivan, an ape with art talent often questions his existence but it isn't until he makes a promise to save a baby elephant named Ruby that he starts taking action to escape. Ivan is based on a real life gorilla, who's story doesn't have the happy ending like this one does.

Teaching Connections: Character study, prose (the story is written like a poem), close reading, animal rights investigation, chapter title analysis, making predictions, visualizing, making connections, making inferences, summarizing, creating finger paint art like Ivan

Website Resources:
Video of Real Ivan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYYL2LxotA8
Book Guides: https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=28618
Author Book Page: http://theoneandonlyivan.com/author/ ( )
  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 15, 2016 |
This book is about how a gorilla Ivan is left in charge of raising a baby elephant when his friend Stella (an elephant) gets sick and passes away. Ivan promises Stella that he will not let anything happen to the new baby elephant Ruby. When a trainer starts to hurt Stella, it makes Ivan upset and he decides to do something about it. He uses paints to create a billboard to bring awareness of animal abuse to the community. This leads to the mall where they are kept to being shut down and all of the animals are moved to a zoo where they can be safe. I like this book because it teaches kids the reality of animal abuse. I would not recommend this book to students who are younger than 4th grade because there are some part of the book that can be scary and a little mature.
  arikacosta | Dec 13, 2016 |
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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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