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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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The One and Only Ivan is about a gorilla who lives in a shopping mall. He is content, and only thinks about the things he has, until he meets a baby elephant named Ruby. Ruby helps Ivan realize he should be treated better, and together they plan to get to the nearby zoo.

I enjoyed this book because it's written in a perspective that most books dont offer. I would reccomend this book to nearly anyone who'd like to read something new ( )
  CalvinG12 | Apr 23, 2016 |
Summary: This book is about a silverback gorilla that is in a circus. He is good friend with a elephant Stella and a stray dog named Bob. The owner then buys a new elephant named Ruby. Ruby is just a baby elephant that Stella takes in as her own and watches over her in absence of Rubies real mother.Stella the elephant gets an infection in her foot and Max the owner of the circus does not want to call the vet because of the expense. Stella then dies because of the infection in her foot. Before she dies she makes Ivan promise to get Ruby out of the circus. It takes a long time but Ivan finally gets Ruby and himself out of the circus and into a zoo.

My reaction. I loved this book! It was a good book about courage and hope. This book made me cry and then happy. It is a good lesson for kids to learn. I would recommend this book to several people.

Classroom:
1. We would have them talk about their best friends and what they would do for them.
2. We would talk about zoo life and circus life.
3. They could make a Ivan and Ruby.
  aensley | Apr 20, 2016 |
Summary: The book is narrated by Ivan, the one and only silverback gorilla at the who lives at exit 8 big top mall and video arcade. He tells his story as if it is going on right now, explaining what he sees and how he befriends Bob, the stray dog, and Stella the elephant with a wounded leg. Big Top Mall is not doing so great, so Mack, the owner, gets a baby elephant, Ruby and Stella dies quickly after Ruby moves in. Ivan made a promise to Stella that he would get Ruby out of this cage. Ivan tells about his past memories, and how he managed to live in the Big Top Mall. He Loves to paint and his human friend, Julia loves to paint and watch him paint. Julia is still in school and her father works there. Ivan makes a plan and Julia and George, her father, help him get out of the awful environment, and into a zoo.

Personal Reaction: This has now become one of my favorite children’s books. It has a fantastic storyline, and there are a few pictures throughout the novel. I love how Ivan separates what he is talking about with mini chapters in the book (about 1-4 pages long). This has some truth in it which is wonderful and makes people realize how harmful to animals, exotic ones, it is to have them as pets. Animals need proper care, and big silverback’s and elephants can’t live in a cramped no window environment. I will be getting this book and putting it in my library!

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) This book does have some truth in it, so a wonderful activity the teacher can do is introduce the real Ivan to the class after reading the book. Teach students about facts and fiction and tell them about the facts of the book, there was a gorilla who spent nearly 3 decades in a mall and video arcade circus, but there was no Bob the dog. Then give students an endangered animal to research. Either have them create a presentation and tell to the class, or have them create posters to campaign the awareness of the endangered animal.
2) There is an unusual relationship between the animals at the Big Top Mall. Have students find other unlikely animal friends, there is a whole series on netflix, as well as many books, picture books and novels, and videos on youtube about this. Have students find the most interesting or strangest animal friendship and have them introduce them to the class. This can be done in groups or individual. ( )
  Genevieve.Foerster | Apr 20, 2016 |
Summary:
In this Newbery Award Winning story, Katherine Applegate uses the real life story of a captive gorilla named Ivan to inspire this story. Ivan the gorilla has gotten very used to captivity. He should be. He has been living in a mall for twenty seven years. It has gotten to the point that humans don't bother him, and he never thinks about the wild anymore. He has grown to spend his time with his friends Stella and Bob, and he paints. He lives this way until he befriends a small elephant who opens his eyes once again. He is forced to see his life for what it really is, and the fact that Katherine Applegate tells the story from Ivan's point of view really adds a nice touch to it.

Personal Reaction:
I enjoyed this story, and I want to read it to my children as well to see their reaction. It is one of those stories that breaks your heart, yet gives you hope at the same time. It inspires friendship and many other values that are important to stress to children, and I can see why this book won the Newbery Medal.

Classroom Extension Activities:
1. Use various materials such as, q-tips, cardboard, craft sticks, and so on to create STEM animal cages.
2. Use this story as a jumping off point to begin a research paper on whether or not students agree with animals being held in captivity. ( )
  Toods | Apr 19, 2016 |
This work of fiction based on s true story is a beautifully written memoir of a gorilla that grew up captive and wanted a better life for he and his friends. The writing style is beautiful and in short snippets, making it a perfect book for upper elementary or a low reader in 5th-7th grades.
Media: oil and watercolor, pen and ink drawings. ( )
  catherineparry | Apr 14, 2016 |
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It is never too late to be

what you might have been.

--George Eliot
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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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