Winner of the 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 , 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....
|Title||:||The One and Only Ivan|
|Publisher||:||HarperCollins 1 edition January 17, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||678 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The One and Only Ivan Reviews
When my 11-year-old finished reading this novel, his first statement was, “I LOVED that book!” With an endorsement like that and because it was the first instance where he ‘stopped time,’ I had to read the book too.
My 9 year old son could never "get into" a book. But he wanted to, desperately. I found this book and surprised him with it. He was so excited because it was "big" and had more than 100 pages lol. You see, it was a goal of his to read something "big". This book, I can not say enough about it. It sparked something in him and he read, and read, and read some more. He FINISHED this book in one week! He connected with the character (Ivan) and was emotionally pulled into the story. He then had to learn all he could about this gorilla. Because of how my son loved it, he said it was 5 stars.
I’m blessed to have a young son who enjoys reading as much as I do. He reads a lot on his own. But we also have established selecting special titles to read together every evening as a mother-son activity. The One and Only Ivan was one of our choices to peruse together, taking a small section at a time. We weren't even at the halfway point when one morning I discovered that my son had stayed up late and finished the entire thing without me. “It was so good, I couldn't resist!” he told me. So as I took my turn to read it, I not only shared his sentiment, I shed a tear or two. I admit, at first, I was concerned about the sadness reflected in the story, the loneliness of the animals kept in captivity, histories of how they were ripped from their families and natural habitats, and the senseless harm to the creatures at the hands of disregarding humans. But the author relayed the narrative eloquently and with great tenderness, care, even humor. Written with poetic lyricism, The One and Only Ivan is a story (based on true lives and events) for all ages that teaches compassion and empathy through the unique perspective of an easygoing gorilla. It ends on a hopeful, joyful note.
First, my daughter is a reluctant reader. I am not sure she has ever completely read a novel from front to back in her life. She was required to read a book for a book report in school. I told her to read 50 pages each day; on the second day, she came out of her room after an hour to get a drink and said, "Mom, this book is great! I am on page 150!" After another hour, she came out with a huge smile on her face and said it was the best story she has ever read! As an avid reader myself, I have never understood why she hates to read. Now I know she has just never read the RIGHT book to get her hooked!