Kimberly’s February Recommendation

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

the one and only ivanThe One and Only Ivan by Kathering Applegate was just awarded the Newberry Medal for excellence in children’s literature, but is really for everyone and anyone who enjoys a touching, well constructed story.  While the main characters are Ivan, a silverback gorilla, a dog named Bob, and two elephants, this story illuminates the human condition in simple, yet surprising ways.  The story is told from Ivan’s point of view and contains short sentences and short titled vignettes.  This would be a wonderful book to read aloud with multiple aged family members. The writer was inspired by the true story of the real Ivan who was a beloved member of Zoo Atlanta, but it is the imagined, creative inner life of Ivan which drives this wonderful novel.  Here is a link to the real story of Ivan: http://www.zooatlanta.org/ivan.”

Read about or request this book from the library catalog!

Other Similar Read Aloud Books

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

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