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The One and Only Ivan - Community Reviews back

by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
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Freda's Voice
Freda's Voice rated it 8 months ago
What a beautiful story!I love reading about animals, but to read it from the animals perspective is way cooler! It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster though. Not every chapter had a happy ending. That's what made this story brilliant though. It captured everything you could imagine for that spa...
Karen's books
Karen's books rated it 2 years ago
Anyone who knows me knows animal stories have always been my favorites. I actually thought I would make through this one heartstrings untouched, but it is so hard to read words on the page with all this "humidity" affecting my eyes...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it 2 years ago
The One and Only Ivan is a wonderful story that takes place on a farm called the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. On this farm, animals of different species are able to communicate with one another, though they can't talk to humans. One of these animals is Charlotte, an old elephant full of con...
Ms. Banks' Blissful Books
Ms. Banks' Blissful Books rated it 3 years ago
The One and Only Ivan is a great a book for older students it dives into issues that they need to be aware of. This would be a great book to incorporate shared reading and discuss the vocabulary throughout the book. Another great activity would be using an anchor chart that displays each place Ivan ...
Katherineea rated it 3 years ago
Ivan is a 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 ...
Ms. Garcia's Library
Ms. Garcia's Library rated it 3 years ago
"Inspired by the true story of a gorilla who spent 30 years alone in a cage at an indoor zoo in a mall". This book is about a gorilla named Ivan and that lives in a cage in a mall. The book displays the life of Ivan and how his current life prevents him from remembering what his old life in the jung...
Line Bookaholic
Line Bookaholic rated it 5 years ago
Meet Ivan, a silverback, who lives in a mall with his friends: Stella, an old elephant, and Bob, a homeless dog. Ivan has his own domain (= territory), a television, a teddy bear (aka Not-Tag) and he gets all the food he wants. Ivan thinks he is happy. Until he meets Ruby, a baby elephant. He makes ...
Read All The Things! Reviews
Read All The Things! Reviews rated it 5 years ago
I don’t think I’ve ever felt so divided over a book. My adult-brain has one opinion, and my child-brain has the complete opposite opinion. The One and Only Ivan is based on the true story of a gorilla that was captured in Africa as a baby. He was named Ivan, trained to paint pictures, and lived in...
I Live in Many Worlds
I Live in Many Worlds rated it 6 years ago
My heart aches... I hurt like I have not hurt before from reading a book. I haven't teared up from a book for years now. But this book? Oh man... did it pull at the heartstrings. My partner has told me about Katherine Applegate and how much she loved her books for a long time so she has always be...
Staley's Bookshelf
Staley's Bookshelf rated it 6 years ago
Thanks to Mrs. Gilmore's suggestion, I picked up this book as a potential book to read with my tutoring child and I am SO glad I did. The story is about Ivan, the shopping mall gorilla, who has spent all of his life in this shopping mall circus performing day after day. Ivan is an artist and aspires...
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