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The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

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...

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.

Hardcover - 301 pages - $17.99
ISBN: 0061992259 (ISBN13: 9780061992254)
Published Jan 17, 2012 by HarperCollins
First published 2012

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Mr. Mitchem (Teacher)

at Wesley International Academy, Atlanta, GA

Here since Feb 25, 2017

Open requests - 2 Books received - 13

I am an elementary educator in inner city Atlanta. I work in an International Baccalaureate school where students are educated in a single-gender setting. As an African American male, I take great pride in the opportunity to facilitate academic and social learning experiences for the young men in my class.

the class

I have a class of 22 boys. My classroom is diverse in race and thought which allows for a great exchange of ideas and experiences.

I have a class of 22 boys. My classroom is diverse in race and thought which allows for a great exchange of ideas and experiences.

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