The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Bibliographic Information: Applegate, K. (2012). The One and Only Ivan. New York: HarperCollins.

Brief Annotation: This is a story about humanity told from a gorilla’s point of view.  Ivan is part of a circus where they live in tiny cages.  He, with the help of his friend Julia, uses his artistic skills to help his new friend Ruby escape.

Genre: Chapter Book

Grade Level: 3-6

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy fiction, or readers who like books about animals.

Rating/Response: 3 The story is a sweet story with a wonderful message, but the plot moves slowly for the beginning.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: How you ever felt trapped?

Reading Strategy: Chapter Books

Rationale for Strategy: This book is a chapter book.  It has large print and large spaces, students would move through pages quickly.

Posted by: Emily Busch


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