The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Leveled Books O-P
Ivan the gorilla has been living in an enclosure in a shopping mall for twenty-seven years. He has grown accustomed to his life, watching television, painting, interacting with his friends Stella and Bob, and being watched by humans. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, and it changes him. Inspired by the true story of a gorilla named Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from Ivan's point of view.
This unforgettable book won the Newberry Medal in 2013. In it, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to craft a timeless classic of friendship, art and hope. It's a book everyone should read.
The One and Only Ivan is an excellent choice for meeting Common Core Standards. It features a first-person narrative, author's use of literary devices, and strong story elements.
Author: Katherine Applegate
Binding Type: Paperback
Leveled Group: O-P
Age Level: 8-10