The One and Only Ivan / by Katherine Applegate.
INT, grades 4 and up, rating: 5. Hardcover.
Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is a fictional story based on the life of Ivan, a real gorilla, who now lives at Zoo Atlanta. Before being transported to the zoo, Ivan lives at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He lives at the mall for so long that he doesn’t remember life in the jungle. He loves to draw and his drawings are sold at the gift shop. Ivan’s best friends at the mall are Stella, an elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. The caretaker always brings his ten-year-old daughter, Julia, with him to work. Julia spends her time talking to the animals and drawing with Ivan. The mall’s owner, Mack, is worried because he isn’t making as much money as he used to. Mack’s new attraction is a baby elephant named Ruby. Stella is excited to see another elephant and becomes Ruby’s mother figure.
Stella is elderly and, when she becomes really sick, Ivan promises Stella that he will take care of Ruby. After Stella’s death, Ivan wants to help Ruby find a better home. Ivan draws pictures of Ruby in a zoo and the letters H, O, M, and E. Julia urges her father to post the pictures on the mall’s billboard for everyone to see. Soon Mack starts receiving a lot of attention because of his Ape Artist. Will Ivan’s actions lead to a better life for him and his friends?
This is a touching, heartfelt story of Ivan’s determination to help Ruby. Ivan, Stella, and Ruby were taken from their families and homes for someone else’s financial gain. Ivan is determined to keep his promise to his friend, Stella, and save Ruby from a lifetime in the mall. This book shows that animals have feelings also, and is very well-written with clever illustrations. One caution; early in the book, Ivan the gorilla says, “I am a great ape, and you are a great ape.
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