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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
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Jun 01, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012, ya
Read in May, 2012

Inspired by a real events, this deserves a spot on the modern classics shelf somewhere between Charlotte's Web and Ishmael. There are so many amazing places that a teacher could go with this across the curriculum ... the most important being to share an engaging and heartfelt story. This would be a perfect read-aloud, as long as there's a document camera on hand to share the lovely occasional illustrations, which in a few notable cases, allow the story to express levels of surprise and emotion that Ivan's spare yet eloquent first-person narration can't quite reach.

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