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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
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it was amazing

Oh my fricken bananas...
I knew ‘nothing’ about this book ...[ a children’s book]...
based on a true story....
Only that it was suggested I read it. Thank you Mischenko and Lisa

I not only read this wonderful children’s book... but the facts about the true story.
Damn... if this story didn’t make me cry!!
Sometimes, life just pisses me off ... the selfish stupid insane things they do!
My anger and sadness buttons were pushed from the true story.

The children’s book is written with dignity-moral consciousness - and some honest happy smiles too!!!! Appropriate for
children’s ears. There is still sadness- but handled with tenderness.
The illustrations compliment the story - wonderful!

Besides Ivan, the silverback gorilla, you’ll meet Bob, the dog, and Ruby, the elephant - other animal friends ...
Enjoy this adventure fantasy story....

I’m not going to share more other than to say ... we all know animals never belong locked up in a mall.
Zoo’s are questionable enough.

If you haven’t read this ( I’m
probably the late banana-peel to party), — love animals at all —take the time to read it.
If you have little people in your life.... this is a great book choice to read and discuss.
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Finished Reading
February 25, 2018 – Shelved
February 25, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read

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message 1: by Jen (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jen Brodehl I have this on my list to read with my 2nd grader. Loved your review!! :)


Elyse Walters Oh Jen--you'll love it --and so will your 2nd grader!!!!! Enjoy it together!!! xo


message 3: by Jen (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jen Brodehl Thank you Elyse!! We love listening to audiobooks together!! We’re waiting for this one from our library Overdrive😍.


Elyse Walters Wonderful Jen!! And love Overdrive! 🎧🌻💕👀


message 5: by Jaline (new)

Jaline Awesome review, Elyse!


Elyse Walters Sweet Jaline!!! I can’t believe I never heard of this story.
Hugs ms. Lovely!!! xo


Mischenko I'm so glad you loved it! Such a great story and author. 💗Ivan💗💕 We're reading Crenshaw now!


Elyse Walters You’re killing me.... lol and I love you for it Mischenko!!! That was one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read and not only that I was so sad I hate it it. And MAD AT THINGS PEOPLE - all of us - do sometimes - mistakes we make that are harmful to others - and w all have! I’m no better.
But this was a biggie and hurt.
Agree - this author is something special.


Victor The Reader Ivan’s story was a little sad, but very touching ☺️


Elyse Walters Hi Victor --I agree -- it was a little sad -- (I cried) - AND it was very touching!!!!!! I'm reading "Crenshaw" now -- Its good too --Have you read it Victor? (also sad)

Thanks for coming in here with your lovely cat photo to boot!!! :)


message 11: by Truman32 (new)

Truman32 Read this to my son last year. He was beating his chest like a gorilla for months after. We both liked it a lot, but it opened our eyes to the care of animals in zoos and farms


Linda Elyse, just loved your review and I just loved the book, too! Some of the best gems in literature are children’s books! You captured its magic!


message 13: by Jeanna (new) - added it

Jeanna i don't believe this is a true story. i thouhht it was at first, but I don't think it is.


Isaac I have vague memories of actually seeing the Gorilla at the B and I. They have a shrine for him there in his old cage. Ivan is very real.


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