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“Secondary” Character Saturday: Ivan, The One and Only

I’m breaking the rules today to bring bring you a PRIMARY character. A Primary PRIMATE in fact, The one and only IVAN!

[All Images from The One and Only Ivan]

[All Images from The One and Only Ivan]

WHO: Ivan

FROM: The One and Only Ivan

BY: Katherine Applegate, Illustrations by: Patricia Castelao


Cover of the audio book for the One and Only Ivan

Cover of the audio book for the One and Only Ivan. Click HERE to find the book on Amazon.com

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.”

[All images from The One and Only Ivan]

[All images from The One and Only Ivan]

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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