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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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Rating:*****
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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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Worth the Newbery Medal it won. I had minor quibbles with some of the knowledge Ivan held about the outer world...how would he know how much weight in food a gorilla needs to eat, or how logs drift in a river, or that lakes look bottomless? Mainly though, it's a compassionate and heartbreaking book about the treatment of animals. Hearing it through the voices of Ivan and his friends will give young readers empathy for living things and the predicaments they face. The ending is happy, if conveniently feel-good, but hey, it's a book for kids and they deserve happy, hopeful endings. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Children's book, Newbury Award winner. Fictional story and cast of characters based on an actual silverback gorilla that was in captivity for 27 years. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Children's book, Newbury Award winner. Fictional story and cast of characters based on an actual silverback gorilla that was in captivity for 27 years.
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
I cannot believe an agent ever read far enough to get to the redeeming part of this story. We listened to it on our way to the Grand Canyon and it drove us all crazy for more than half way through the book. I would have given it one star, except that the story redeemed itself for a little at the end. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
I cannot believe an agent ever read far enough to get to the redeeming part of this story. We listened to it on our way to the Grand Canyon and it drove us all crazy for more than half way through the book. I would have given it one star, except that the story redeemed itself for a little at the end. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 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.

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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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