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The One and Only Ivan

Cover: 'The One and Only Ivan'

Staff Review: "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate


This Newbery Award winning book offers a beautiful story about friendship and hope. Ivan, a gorilla who lives at a shopping mall, has learned to be fairly content with his life. He sleeps, eats, watches TV, talks to his elephant friend Stella and Bob the dog. Drawing also helps Ivan pass the time. Ivan’s owner gives him crayons and paper. Sometimes he eats them, other times he draws – mostly bananas. When Ruby, a young elephant, comes to the mall Ivan becomes discontent with his life. Tragedy strikes and Ivan is determined to seek a better life for his new friend

Audience: children | Genre: fiction, award-winning, caldecott award winner, newbery award winner

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