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The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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Winner of the 2013 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 Amazon, 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. Supports the Common Core State Standards
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Cute read.

Fr3NcHtOaSt Did you watch the movie? I really liked it. 2mo
Mccall0113 @Fr3NcHtOaSt no! I‘ve never heard of Ivan. I picked this book on a whim. 2mo
Fr3NcHtOaSt @Mccall0113 it‘s on Disney plus if you wanna check it out 2mo
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Eggs Love Ivan🦍 6mo
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Cinfhen
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Awwww, this was such a sweet book🫶🏼 Inspired by a true story! The friendship between a young girl, a dog, a silverback gorilla and a baby elephant. My choice for #52Books23 #NewberryWinner EXCELLENT audio narration 🎧♥️🥇I‘m definitely reading the next book….#ReturnOfSappyCindy

squirrelbrain Aw, sounds very cute! ❤️ 12mo
Smarkies I love this one. ❤️ 12mo
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Librarybelle Yay! ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Gissy Beautiful story❤️ 12mo
Cinfhen It REALLY was @Gissy - it‘s wonderful @Librarybelle 12mo
KarenUK Your hashtags always make me smile 😊! Middle grade is always a nice change of pace…. 💕 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks @KarenUK xxxx 12mo
BarbaraBB Another #sappyCin! Good for you 💕 12mo
Cinfhen Yup @BarbaraBB as I‘m really just putting off getting back to 12mo
BarbaraBB Lol I understand 💯 12mo
Megabooks 💜 #sappyCindy! I started Women this morning, but I‘m also finishing this short story collection @BarbaraBB 12mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Another Wilson! Are his short stories as bizarre as his novels? 12mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes! Most of these were written around the time he was in college, and they are so impressive for that age or really any one but they have a youthful perspective. (Plus he and I are roughly the same age and grew up in the same region so I find them nostalgic as well.) now I‘ve read all his books, which is a bit sad because of the wait for a new one! I preferred this to his newer collection. 12mo
Cinfhen Wilson definitely has a unique writing style!! I read this collection but it was just too odd for me @BarbaraBB plus I‘m not a fan of short stories- but there‘s no denying his talent @Megabooks 12mo
Cinfhen I‘ll be watching for your review of #FlyingWomen @Megabooks 😉I think @BarbaraBB will be curious too😅 12mo
BarbaraBB I am and I have a hunch 😂 @Megabooks (edited) 12mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I still have Panic on my shelves. Looking forward to that one too! 12mo
Cinfhen The struggle is real @BarbaraBB 12mo
Cinfhen I really liked Panic @BarbaraBB @Megabooks it wasn‘t as 🍌👖as some of his other stories 12mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB at 15% I think I‘m going to #allhailthebail on Women. The music therapy has given me an awful headache when I look at screens (squinting my eyes just to write this), and I wasn‘t enjoying it enough for how troublesome it is. Tbqh the whole plot was silly and far-fetched. The blurb sounded good but the execution is waaaayyy sub par. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks You are so right about bailing, the books is ridiculous and silly indeed. Take some rest after the music therapy ❤️ 12mo
Cinfhen I was going to email both of you @Megabooks @BarbaraBB but I‘ve gotten hooked on a Netflix series and it‘s CONSUMING me - anyhow Flying is SO BAD!!! I‘m on page 152 and I just can‘t go on!!! I will, but yikes 😳 don‘t feel bad at all, Meg. Hope the MT starts to work it‘s magic 🪄 12mo
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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate published in 2020. This is a fantastic book about a gorilla named Ivan who tries to figure out his past with an elephant named Stella. A great read aloud for older students! This book has won the John Newbery Award. Great read!

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Hannahhh7
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The One and Only Ivan is children‘s fiction novel written by Katherine Applegate. It was published in 2012 and is inspired by a true story. It is about a gorilla named Ivan who has spent 27 years being held captive in a shopping mall. He then meets an elephant named Ruby, a baby who has been taken away from her family. Ivan and his friends try to make a change for the better. It has won many awards including the Newbery Award.

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Jhill24
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Such a good read! It is very different and is hard to put down. It is very intense in a way that makes you really think deeper. Readers are immersed in the POV of Ivan the gorilla

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Jhill24
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This book is so interesting! It really draws you in as a reader. There are sections throughout that give a overarching category or subject of the pages. For example, names People call me the Freeway Gorilla.

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hello I am Ivan.

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21 Sep-3 Oct 22 (audiobook)
Ivan and Stella have spent most of the past three decades in what is described as a mall zoo. I did not know there were such horrific places. Looking to a day when animals are recognised as having rights to comfortable shelter and compassionate treatment and private zoos or ownership of exotic animals is illegal.
A well told story which hopefully starts children thinking about such issues.

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This book touched my heart. #Alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 2y
Itchyfeetreader Oh I loved this and gift it quite regularly 2y
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As an adult, sometimes we really need to escape to a world without responsibilities etc…reading #childrenslit really helps me escape to a simpler and less stressful time in life. What better way to escape than with animals?!

curiouserandcurioser @Smartypants love this book❤ have you reaf the one and only bob by her? 2y
Smartypants @curiouserandcurioser I haven‘t but I‘ll add that to the TBR, I really liked this book and it truly took me away from adulting for a few hours! 2y
curiouserandcurioser @Smartypants i agree! I love her stories:) i also have Crenshaw by her which i love and Ending the Last, which i havent read yet:) 2y
Smartypants @curiouserandcuriouser I will add those to the list too! Thank you! 2y
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sabrinaaluvssreadingg
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I finished this book months ago. Liked the ending. 4 stars.

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Loved the way this book was written. Definitely made me think more about animals living in captivity. It was a quick read as well.

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I read this book to my class and it was really wonderful. They loved it and so did I. Please be warned if you are going to read this to a class, there is a really sad part that had me sobbing in front of children. Overall it is wonderful and even the sad part is very meaningful and lead to a great discussion.

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"They think I'm too old to cause trouble. Old age is a powerful disguise."

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Susanita
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Third book completed for #DashingDecember and it‘s very poignant.

Tomorrow I will try to get caught up with my reading journal entries.

mandarchy This books is so special to me. I tell my students when I booktalk this book that I grew up with Ivan because he was a real gorilla in Tacoma where I grew up. His story is tragic but gives light to how humans have grown more empathic through our children toward other species. #kindnessmatters 2y
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 2y
Susanita @mandarchy ❤️❤️🦍🐘 2y
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roller coaster of emotions #audiophile #readinggoals

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JennF13
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Such a nice book!

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I had a long list of chores and a couple errands yesterday. This was a book I never seemed to get around to. I listened to the audio book via Libby. It is just four hours. Sweet story.

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#QuotsyMay21 @TK-421
Prompt: Homework

sisilia Hahahaha I like this quote. It‘s 100% accurate! 3y
Moonprismpower I kind of miss homework. But only a minuscule amount. Teensy weensy. Like grain of sand small. But still. 3y
TheSpineView @Moonprismpower I miss have almost no responsibility when I went to school 3y
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Jody3
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This book is a masterpiece. Timeless. Children and adults will be reading this book for a long time.

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
is a RF-LC/AS/IR novel based on true events about a gorilla named Ivan that learned how to paint while in a mall circus. When Ivan meets Ruby, a baby elephant that was taken from her family and put in the circus, Ivan is motivated to make a change in their circumstances. A beautiful book about friendship, art and hope!
This novel won a Newbery medal. #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp UDL 7.2 (optimize relevance, value and authenticity) and EL 6 (continually monitor students comprehension) are great strategies to use. The website has great resources and activities https://thesuperheroteacher.com/2019/12/using-hands-on-activities-and-resources-... - teachers can also choose to have a movie day where the class gets to watch the move adaptation on Disney+ 3y
PatriciaS I thought this was a good book 📖 for a book 📖 club activities, chapter book is great for questions and answers sessions too. 3y
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DrSpalding What an excellent post. The movie adaptation is a great option for viewing on a fun Friday. Read write think has a wonderful resource related to comparing books and movies. 3y
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4.6/5

AndreaEfres 🐵One of my favorites!
Let me introduce you to Katherine Applegate, the author of this John Newbery Medal gold medalist has definitely earned that title by being a quality read in the classroom for grades 5th-6th that inspires students to think deeply about friendship.

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AndreaEfres ELA.4.R.3 Reading Across Genres explains how figurative language contributes to meaning in the text(s). With this text, students are increasingly aware of prompts and how they changed every day. This is a strategy that would be amazing in a classroom introduction at the beginning of the day.
UDL (3) Comprehension with highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. With one prompt every day, we can connect to the big ideas.
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AndreaEfres #UCFLAE3414SP21
Check out more information about this book on this resource.

http://www.theoneandonlyivan.com/

Thank you for reading,

Ms. Efres 🐰
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DrSpalding Your resource is stellar and your passion for the book came through in your short summary. I do believe that friendship is a key theme in this book and could be taught well through read aloud or possibly book clubs. Remember that you need to identify the teaching strategy you would use with your selected books. All of the information required is in the rubric and on the log. 3y
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This MF, BC, novel, Newbury Award winning chapter book is a great beginning novel read for a book club. An inspired by a true haunting story, told from Ivan's point of view. A silverback gorilla confined for 27 yrs. in a small concrete metal and glass enclosure.
https://katherineapplegate.com
UDL#9.2 use self regulation to facilitate personal coping skills and strategies.
ESOL#11 helps students place language in meaningful content.
#UCFLAE3414SP21

PatriciaS https://the superheroteacher.com> using hands on activities and resources. 3y
DrSpalding Book clubs with Newbery award winners are a wise choice. Because this movie was turned into a major motion picture, children will have some prior knowledge. 3y
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“The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate

Newbery Award

With the movie adaptation of this award winning book, students are sure to find the themes of friendship and loneliness particularly resonant. Given the world we have experienced this past year, that message along with the world of animal captivity might resonate with younger audiences even more.

RF. LC/IR. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno This text is geared towards fourth through sixth grade audiences and consequently has themes that can be further explored and discussed in depth. Small group discussion can utilize these conversation points.(ESOL 10- teach think, pair, and share strategies and cooperative groups.)(UDL 8.3- Foster collaboration and community.)

https://media.btsb.com/TitleLessonPlans/597.pdf
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DrSpalding Oh I love this book and you will have an opportunity to chat for a few minutes about how powerful this book could be in your classroom. I agree that this theme of animal captivity could definitely connect to our younger generation. The fact that it was recently turned into a major motion picture will also entice some students to read this book. The book is always better but this movie was pretty darn good.🦍 3y
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Ivan, a gorilla spent 27 years of his life held captive in the mall, where everyone can send him.But things change when he is meets Ruby, an elephant who is taken from the wild.

DrSpalding Follow the rubric and log instructions! 3y
KellyR Genre: Fiction
Award: John Newberry
LT: Literature Circle
https://stemread.com/book/the-one-and-only-ivan-by-katherine-applegate/
UDL: 3.3 Guide information processing and visualization
EL: 46. Use discovery learning activities
#UCFLAE3414SP21
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This RF, LC Newberry award winner book is perfect for young readers who love animals and are wondering what animals might be thinking. A gorilla named Ivan lives in a shopping mall and loves to people watch. He is joined by a baby elephant named Ruby. Their friendship brings a change for the better. #ucflae3414sp21

neanderc This book would be perfect for an LC. The workbook linked below will help your readers organize and separate the key principles of each other characters they will meet!

https://thesuperheroteacher.com/2019/12/using-hands-on-activities-and-resources-...

The UDL Principle 6.3 regarding facilitation of managing information and resources and EL 2 are met through the use of this workbook in an LC!
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DrSpalding Oops! This is not realistic fiction. Go back and look at your genre guide. Just looking at the front cover, gives you clues related to what the correct genre is. What do you think it is now? 3y
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I loved this book! I loved the way that it was written and the layout of the chapters. By the end, I really had all of the feelings for these characters. That is what makes such a great book.

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Sweet sweet read. ❤️ recommended by our librarian. It had been on my to-read anyway. So I did it. I don‘t regret it. Ivan the mighty silver back gorilla dreams of being with those like him. He sets aim to help himself and ruby escape from their cages. This shows that sometimes the best intentions aren‘t always the right intentions. I love it. 10/10 recommend.

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The One and Only Ivan is a children's novel written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao. The book is about a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lived in a cage at a mall. The novel is written in first person from the point of view of Ivan, a gorilla. And its so sad that its makes me cry 😭

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MaggieCarr
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Read Harder Challenge 2021: A book that intimates you.

I have put off reading this book for years, I just struggle reading animal storylines. But after nearly a year of begging, I agreed to read it with my third grade daughter. Very good book but still gave me all the emojis as I grappled how anyone can keep animals captive for money making reasons. Now, to watch the movie or not.... that is the question???

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📚First family read of 2021🦍🐘... I've been putting it off for years (sorry Katherine & Michael). I struggle with animal storylines even if I kept the author's husband from consuming a drink with a fly in it during dinner. 😂

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Mehso-so

3/3 🌟
I found this one to be mostly depressing, but there were a few nice moments.
#NewberyEpicChallenge

Roary47 I know what you mean. The movie is much brighter. 😊💛 3y
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megbmore
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Next up for #jólabókaflóð : reading this gem aloud to my daughter. My son and I listened to this on audio. I'm hoping I can make it through the read-aloud without sobbing.

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What a beautiful story! 5⭐

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I‘m not crying, you‘re crying! 😭☺️ 5 ⭐️ for this wonderful little story about friendship and compassion and art. 🦍 🐘 🐕 it also has a lot to say about the way humans treat animals.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is such a good little story!! I sped through it in one day lol

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How can a single book be both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time?? An incredible juvenile fiction book that will transcend time and be loved for many years to come!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A sad, but adorable book about a gorilla named Ivan and a promise he made to an elephant, Ruby.

Texreader This one‘s on my tbr list. 3y
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Loved it! Ivan and his friends are all quite memorable and their story will melt your heart. 🥰❤️

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"I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. It is not as easy as it looks." As Ivan brings us into his life as the main attraction at The Big Top Mall we meet his friends Bob the dog, Stella and Ruby. Stella is an old elephant yet she secures a promise from Ivan. Keeping that promise will change the lives of all the animals at the mall. A lively reading by Grupper highlights the humor and compassion of this beautiful novel for all ages.

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One of my favorite recent stories.♥️

I got a new phone a few months back and forgot to reinstall Litsy (a dork move on my part, for sure), so it's been awhile since I've been here. I really love the land of Litsy. 📚♥️

Texreader I still need to read this one. On my tbr forever. And glad you are back on Litsy! 3y
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#3books #basedontruestories

I loved them all.

OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t read any of these but heard they‘re great! 3y
Kalalalatja Burial Rites was so good! 3y
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A very heartwarming animal story that truly deserves a Disney adaptation. Both book and film should be read/watched more than once! Highly recommended for your kids! 🐒🐘🐶#bookstoscreen #goodreadsreadingchallenge2020

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So I realized today that I never posted this review after finishing for the 2nd time.
I LOVE this book. I will be reading it to my 2nd graders later this year.
I can't wait to read the sequal.
I am a bit bummed that I don't have Disney+ access to see the movie. I may have to go find someone with access to watch it.

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Ivan and Ruby have an unlikely friendship that transforms their lives
#oddcouple #tropesinaugust @Klou

Klou Love it! Great choice! 4y
Eggs Thanks ❣️ @Klou 4y
GinaKButler They filmed a lot of this movie in my town! 4y
Eggs @GinaKButler 👏🏻🤗📚👏🏻 3y
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Whoa. This book proves less is more. I love Ivan‘s growth on the mall going from his domain, to being a cage. How he used his desire to paint as a way to save Ruby from the failing mall. Throughout the story, you hear stories of good humans, though really only bad humans are seen. Except for young Julia, and her father, who supplies Ivan with his crayons and then finger paint. Many mentions of animal abuse, thou it‘s shown in understanding light

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This is such a sad story listening to Ivan talks about his domain (other definition: cage) and how he lives in the mall with other past abused animals. Stella, an old elephant with an old infected leg from being shackled all the time at a circus. Bob, a dog who survived, as a puppy, being thrown out onto the highway. And now we have baby Ruby, bought from a circus soon after she was captured fro the wild. I like their different thoughts on humans

Johanna414 This book made me cry so much! 4y
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