I’m breaking the rules today to bring bring you a PRIMARY character. A Primary PRIMATE in fact, The one and only IVAN!WHO: Ivan
FROM: The One and Only Ivan
BY: Katherine Applegate, Illustrations by: Patricia Castelao
PROS: Ivan is kind, caring, compassionate, understanding, a great artist, patient, thoughtful, brave and creative.
CONS: He gets frustrated at himself and his situation. He doubts himself.
QUOTE: “I am Ivan. I am a Gorilla. It’s not as easy as it looks.”MOST SHINING MOMENT: Ivan takes a chance. He risks his comfortable, boring life to help some one he loves, Ruby, the baby elephant, fulfill her dream.
LEAST SHINING MOMENT: Ivan is a pretty special guy. It is tough to think of “least” shining moment for him, but I guess, if pressed, I’d say it would be his moments of self doubt.
WHY I CHOSE THIS CHARACTER: This book is absolutely amazing. Ivan isn’t just a good character, he’s a good role model. I WANT to be more like Ivan!
I can’t remember who recommended it to me, but I put it on my Kindle and when it came up in rotation I was completely entranced. Officially this Newbery Award winner is for 9 to 12 year olds, but ever since I had the good fortune to moderate a book club for teens and tweens (several years ago) I have not been bashful about reading good literature for any age. And this is one of the best “Kids” books I’ve read in a long time. It had me sighing and laughing out loud. And it had me crying more than once.
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