The One and Only Ivan Reviews
"Inspired by a true story, Applegate (Home of the Brave) offers a haunting tale ...readers will be left rethinking our relationship to animals." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. The characters will capture readers' hearts and never let go. A must-have." - School Library Journal
"No young reader who experiences this book will look at a zoo animal the same again. Castelao's illustrations add a winsome charm. Well done!" - Children's Literature
"Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author's note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates." - Kirkus Reviews
"Beautifully written, intelligent, and brave book
Quite simply, this story is life-changing."- Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medalist, Sarah, Plain and Tall
"The One and Only Ivan will break your heart--and then, against all odds, mend it again." - Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars
"Kindness and its ability to change lives shines through on every single page of this book." - Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath
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Rated of 5
A wonderful Book for Middle-grade Children
Ivan is a silverback gorilla who has lived most of his life in a cage. He narrates the story. Through Ivan, an elephant named Stella, a stray dog named Bob and a young girl named Julie and a baby elephant named Ruby we learn what it must be like for animals to be captured and caged and even trained to do "do tricks" to live. Ivan narrates the story and we learn how he went from life in the wild with his "family" to being a pet and finally being used as a draw in a mall designed to bring in people.
Through these characters, Applegate helps readers understand and empathize with animals who are misused by them.
Applegate doesn't preach instead letting her characters tell their stories.
Whether a child reads this book or an adult reads it to children, this is a book worth getting.