The One and Only Ivan Paperback – 1 August 2019
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- ASIN : 000745533X
- Publisher : HarperCollins GB (1 August 2019)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780007455331
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007455331
- Reading age : 8 years and up
- Dimensions : 19.71 x 1.63 x 13 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 14,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Beautifully written, intelligent, and brave book … Quite simply, this story is life-changing.” – Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medalist
"How Ivan confronts his harrowing past yet stays true to his nature exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage.” – Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“The characters will capture readers’ hearts and never let go. A must-have.” – Starred Review, School Library Journal
"Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur.” – Shelf Awareness
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Having the experience of empathising with another who is challenged, troubled and living in less-than appropriate conditions, brings about a gift of transformational change, previously denied.
There's nothing like empathy to grow the 'care-factor' so much needed and deserved by the children in my class, who have been the audience for this beautiful story... thank you!
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I was asked by one of my students to get The One and Only Ivan for our school library and because I am a delightful person I bought a copy. Then I read it. We like to vet as many of the books that we can so that we don’t cause any upset to our students. I really wasn’t prepared for this story.
I am not a lover of animal stories. It isn’t that I actively won’t read them but they wouldn’t be my first choice. The One and Only Ivan is based on the true story of Ivan the gorilla who was kept in captivity in a mall in America. In this story, the animals are anthropomorphised and we see from their point of view what it is like to live in captivity. The other animals – mainly the elephants Ruby and Stella – make Ivan remember what life is like outside of captivity.
The One and Only Ivan had me in bits. If you do read it then please keep the box of tissues handy because you will need them.
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