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The One and Only Ivan


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ISBN13: 9780061992254
ISBN10: 0061992259
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Malory, November 20, 2014 (view all comments by Malory)
Not only did I love it, but it's a favorite among my 4th graders. A heart-felt read for any animal lover, middle grader reader or not.
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Amy Alice Hammond, June 28, 2014 (view all comments by Amy Alice Hammond)
**Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan. 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY: HarperCollins Children's Books, 2012. Print. 304 pages.

“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.”

This is the summary by the author/publisher ~ but the story is so much more...more compassion, more sorrow, more angst, more wonder and worry about how people treat animals for their own gain, and how “principle” can triumph over using animals personal greed. The reader also gains an understanding of just how smart animals are. I’m not sure a person can read or listen to this book without tears and anguish ~ and without feeling a sense of hope. It is a call to action, and the reader/listener will understand that and respond. Thumbs up. (by the way, this is marketed as a children's book, but it is for absolutely for ALL ages to read and enjoy ~ and be changed after reading it.)
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The Family that Reads, January 27, 2014 (view all comments by The Family that Reads)
The name of this book is "The one and only Ivan". This story is about a Silverback gorilla. This gorilla is not any ordinary gorilla. This gorilla is being held captive for 25 years in a cage. Ivan has been held at Big Top 8 Mall and Video Arcade. I would recommend this book. I think this book should be read out loud. It is the most beautiful and simple book I think I have ever read.
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Julie Tibbetts, January 13, 2013 (view all comments by Julie Tibbetts)
I picked up The One and Only Ivan and never put it down until I was finished. Ivan is a gorilla living in a strip mall and is part of the entertainment for the mall's shoppers. As strange as this might seem...the story was insprired from a real life gorilla who was living in a strip mall in Tacoma, Washington. Ivan narrates the story and opens up the world of the captive animal to the reader. The story really deals with so many issues...friendship, kindness, sorrow, triump, and love. I came away with a new perspective of what cruelties we humans subject on the beautiful animals of the worid and how freindship, commintment, and love are so important to us all. Trust me....you will love this book!
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Miz Houghton, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Miz Houghton)
Hands down the best book of 2012. Written in verse from the perspective of Ivan, a gorilla who has been captive for his whole life without ever seeing another gorilla. Based on Ivan, the gorilla who lived in a Tacoma mall for many years, this book is just touching enough without being saccharine.
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Applegate, Katherine
Humorous Stories
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Apes and Monkeys
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Animals - Apes & Monkeys
Animals - Farm Animals
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Misfit Menagerie
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Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Product details 320 pages HarperCollins - English 9780061992254 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Inspired by a true story, Applegate (Home of the Brave) offers a haunting tale told from the perspective of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who has been confined to a small 'domain' of concrete, metal, and glass for 27 years. Joining Ivan at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade are Stella, an aging elephant, and Bob, a feisty stray dog. While other animals perform, Ivan makes art, watches TV, and offers melancholy assessments of their situation. When Ruby, an inquisitive baby elephant, arrives and Stella dies from neglect, her dying wish is for Ivan to help Ruby escape. The brief chapters read like free-verse poetry, the extra line breaks between paragraphs driving home the contrast between Ivan and humans, who in his opinion, 'waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot.' As is to be expected, there's significant anthropomorphism, but Applegate is largely successful in creating a protagonist who can understand humans yet feels like a gorilla. Although Ivan's role in the events leading to their rescue reads as too human, readers will be left rethinking our relationship to animals. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 – 12." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A must have."
"Review" by , "Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author's note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates."
"Review" by , "Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur. Adults reading this aloud with children will find it just as rewarding."
"Review" by , "Important."
"Review" by , "A beautifully written, intelligent and brave book. You will never look at the relationship of humans and animals in the same way again. Quite simply, this story is life changing."
"Review" by , “Animal-loving youngsters and their adults will find plenty of food for thought in Ivan's extraordinary story.”
"Review" by , The One and Only Ivan will break your heart — and then, against all odds, mend it again. In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity and our own possibilities. Read this.”
"Review" by , “Katherine Applegate's beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan's heart into your own. Read it out loud. Read it alone. Read it.”
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events.

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