Posted tagged ‘Elephants’

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate

January 24, 2013

ivanI’m going to go out on a limb and predict that THIS BOOK is going to win Newbery recognition when the awards are announced next week…it’s that good and that original.

Ivan is a gorilla who lives at a shabby, circus-themed mall.  He has spent years in his glass “domain”, watching tv, painting, and interacting with his friends Stella the elephant and Bob, a stray dog.   Their owner, Mack, is desperate to make money and not as focused on the happiness of his animals as he should be.  When changes come, mainly due to a new baby elephant named Ruby who will (hopefully) bring more business to the failing mall, Ivan is spurred to action.   This story has echoes of CHARLOTTE’S WEB: there is even a “Fern” character named Julia, who spends time with the animals and understands them in a way that Mack doesn’t.  If you love animals and want a story with a lot of heart, this is a book you must read.