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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Written by Katherine Applegate

Narrated by Adam Grupper


The One and Only Ivan

Written by Katherine Applegate

Narrated by Adam Grupper

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4/5 (1,445 ratings)
Length:
3 hours
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Released:
Mar 6, 2013
ISBN:
9780062283474
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Audiobook

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Description

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home — and his own art — through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

A HarperAudio production.

Publisher:
Released:
Mar 6, 2013
ISBN:
9780062283474
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her books have been widely acclaimed and New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Tiburon, California, with her family.


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  • (5/5)
    I LOVED this. It's a children's chapter book that I read aloud to my grandkids. Heart-wrenching, but it turns out okay. Still . . .Author's note:The One and Only Ivan is a work of fiction, but the inspiration for this imagined tales lies in a true story.Ivan, a real gorilla, now lives at Zoo Atlanta, but on the way to that happy rending, he spent almost three decades without seeing another of his own kind.After being captured as an infant in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (Ivan’s twin sister died en route to the U.S. or shortly thereafter), Ivan was raised in a home until he became unmanageable. AT that point he was added to an odd collection of animals housed at a circus-themed mall is Washington State.Ivan spent twenty-seven years of his life alone in a cage. Over time, as understanding of primate needs and behavior grew, public discomfort with Ivan’s lonely state grew as well, particularly after he was featured in a National Geographic special entitled The Urban Gorilla. A public outcry followed, including heartfelt letters from children. When the mall where Ivan lived went bankrupt, he was placed on permanent loan to Zoo Atlanta, which houses the largest group of captive western lowland gorillas in the nation.
  • (5/5)
    AMAZING!! I couldn't put this down! I'm totally in love with Ivan and I cannot wait to share this with my boys. It is never too late to be who you were meant to be. Reach out and help others, even if it means leaving your comfort zone; the rewards for them and for you could be immeasurable!
  • (5/5)
    What a beautiful and heartwarming story. My 11 yr old son enjoyed listening to this audio book.
  • (5/5)
    what made this book so good is I like how he reed the book and i like bob he was funny and the book make you wont to read more and more and i never wonted it to end
  • (5/5)
    My 13 year old son loved listening to this book.
  • (5/5)
    That Ivan got to live with other gorillas. And he kept the promise that he made with Stella to save Ruby
  • (5/5)
    my 7 year old and i enjoyed the story a lot
  • (5/5)
    What a heart warming book!? I hope I can find more books like this one ❗️
  • (5/5)
    what a moving story! the last part is especially good
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book I love that its a true story and one day I want to meet Ivan
  • (5/5)
    It is a good book I think and that’s it.
  • (3/5)
    Another heartbreaking/heartwarming one, based on the true story of Ivan, the gorilla from a Tacoma mall.
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  • (3/5)
    A gorilla, Ivan, tries to remember his past with help from an elephant named Stella. Throughout the book Stella and Ivan try to hatch a plan to escape captivity. This book would be a great book for students as they learn about animals, bi-cultural friendships, and self identity. This book also shows that its better to work as a team than alone.
  • (5/5)
    My daughter made me read this. Not made. Suggested. Didn't take long as it's very short. It's a wonderful book. Really quite sad, but ultimately uplifting. I wasn't too sure 1st person was the best format when the narrator is a gorilla, but the author made it work. I teared up a little in spite of my best efforts.
  • (5/5)
    This book pulled at my heartstrings. I felt Ivan's plight and was embarrassed by his "human" imposed loneliness. I'll be honest, when Ivan's friend succumbed to financial cheapness, my eyes teared up. It was like a slap in my face--the hands of Man at it again. This is definitely a wonderful read for everyone. The ending brought back my confidence in humanity.
  • (5/5)
    Ivan has spent 27 years behind glass of his enclosure in a shopping mall. He has become used to humans watching him. He barely ever thinks about his life in the jungle. When he meets Ruby, a baby elephant who was taken from the wild, he is forced to see their "home" in a different perspective. I think that this book is a great read for students in middle school. I think it would be a great book to read in a ELAR class in a book club.
  • (4/5)
    What a delightful read "The One and Only Ivan" was. It was tender, funny, sad and uplifting. Ivan narrates the story and I smiled at his observations about the humans who watch him. At the same time, it broke my heart being reminded how humans can be so cruel to animals, even when they don't deliberately mean too. Ivan was wise, loyal and intelligent, and I adored him, although Ruby, the little elephant stole my heart as well. The ending made me cry!
  • (4/5)
    A quick story, but good. I didn’t realize until the end that it was based on a real gorilla who was captured in the Congo, raised by a family in their home, and then kept in captivating for years with no other gorillas. The story is told from his point of view. He is an artist and lives with an elephant and little stray dog.
  • (5/5)
    This book is fantastic for any age. I loved how it was written and it had a great premise throughout. I cannot wait for the sequel!
  • (4/5)
    An approachable look at animal captivity and abuse for younger readers wrapped in a highly engaging story.
  • (5/5)
    This book made me super happy but also super sad
  • (5/5)
    My son and I read this book together during our pre-bedtime reading.
    I really loved Ivan's story and it brought me to tears at time, and even moved my tough-exterior 10-year-old.

    Ordinarily, I dislike overly anthropomorphic animal tales, but this one worked in it's way and achieved its goal of making us feel empathy for animals who are stuck in cages.
  • (5/5)
    I love this book so much, especially since it is based on a true event. Its very well written and I highly recommend it. I have listened to it so many times and never get tired of it.
  • (5/5)
    So good! The audio was great with voice & cadence that fit the characters.
  • (5/5)
    IT Was very adventurous after ruby got separated from Ivan
  • (5/5)
    I loved it soooooooooooooooooooo much??? I loved bob so much
  • (5/5)
    I think it was amazing,and funny.


    Bob and Ruby are good charecters too


  • (5/5)
    Terrific it’s absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My daughter loved it and so did I !!!!
  • (4/5)
    It's a children's chapter book that I read aloud to my grandkids. Heart-wrenching, but it turns out okay. Still . . .Author's note:
  • (5/5)
    How happy and sad it was at the end !!!!!!