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The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Other authors: Patricia Castelao (Illustrator)

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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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Another heartbreaking/heartwarming one, based on the true story of Ivan, the gorilla from a Tacoma mall.
SPL Global Reading Challenge 2016 ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
Ivan, a silverback gorilla who has spent his life in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant, and decides that he must find her a better life. The novel is illustrated by Patricia Castelao and inspired by a real gorilla named Ivan, who lived in a mall and later became a celebrity at the Atlanta Zoo.
  ohayden | Apr 2, 2022 |
My daughter strongly wanted me to read. It's a book about why and how mankind should repent of how they've treated wild animals such as gorillas and elephants. It's based on a true story of a gorilla kept in a mall in Washington State and then relocated to the Atlanta Zoo. The fact it's based on a true story made the book really interesting to me. It's short and easy to read.

(Also, the movie is great. Funnier than the book, and the mall owner becomes a much more complex character.) ( )
  CathyChou | Mar 11, 2022 |
I would use this fantasy novel with students from 2nd grade up to 6th or 7th grade. This is an engaging story where students will learn about world problems like animals in captivity. Students will also learn about courage, determination, and friendship. Family values are also supported in this novel. ( )
  karlah1 | Feb 21, 2022 |
I look forward to reading this touching children's book to my daughter. It's the story of the one and only Ivan, a silverback living in mall with an elephant and a dog. It's a simple and touching story.

Bonus points for young readers in easy ways to increasing their page count. 300 pages of reading with numerous chapters and wide spaces between paragraphs.



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  wellington299 | Feb 19, 2022 |
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Applegate, Katherineprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Castelao, PatriciaIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldinucci, LoredanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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