The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 3 hours and 46 minutes
Author Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
Narrator Adam Grupper
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date March 14, 2013
Publisher HarperAudio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B00BJ85XP4
Best Sellers Rank #2,368 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Audiobooks on Apes & Monkeys for Children
#10 in Animal Fiction for Children
#13 in Children's Zoo Books (Books)

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Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2018
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Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Stop Time' Moment of Seeping Innocence
By Lisa Redfern on May 6, 2016
When my 11-year-old finished reading this novel, his first statement was, “I LOVED that book!” With an endorsement like that and because it was the first instance where he ‘stopped time,’ I had to read the book too.

A copy of the author’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech is at the back of my copy of The One and Only Ivan. In it, the author says,” We live in a world where children are bullied into despair and even suicide; where armed guards in a school hallway are considered desirable; where libraries are padlocked because of budget cuts; where breakfast and backpacks, for too many children are unaffordable luxuries.”

“What makes children better than the rest of us is that they are buoyant, unrepentant optimists.”

As a writer, reader, and lover of words, I make it a habit to ‘stop time’ whenever I come across sparkling phrases that deserve homage. A ‘stop time’ is where we stop whatever we are doing to read out loud and to listen; we listen to both the author’s words and to what made that phrase so meaningful to the reader.

Although my son and I read the same book, our reactions to it were as different as a carefree stroll through the park and being caught in a traffic snarl in the city at rush hour. Where my son delighted in the animal conversations, I sobbed.

Pixar uses humor with double meaning brilliantly in their storytelling. Katherine Applegate uses the same technique, but in a more realistic vein.
I sobbed because the adult world my son will live in doesn’t have easy answers. It isn’t colorful, silly, and happy all the time. The innocence of his childhood is beginning to seep away.

While Ivan and Ruby soothe each other and tell stories to help them sleep, the author communicates the ache of loneliness, coping skills, feeling boxed in, and the power that is found when helping a friend…or your own child.

The first ‘stop time’ that my son called happened when Ivan makes an impossible promise to Ruby, the baby elephant.
I’ve been waiting and watching for this moment. A maturity level that notices deeper concepts. An opportunity to share family ideals and values. An easing into the world of adulthood – or at least into the turbulent teens.

“Children know all about sadness,” comments Applegate in her speech. “We can’t hide it from them. We can only teach them how to cope with its inevitably and to harness their imaginations in search for joy and wonder.”
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Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend as a read aloud to the littles!
By B_stein8 on September 26, 2018
This book is so great! I read this aloud to my children at the start of our homeschool mornings then some days at bed time as well. There were tears of sadness and joy among the 4 of us more than once. It’s captivating and heartbreaking and loving all in one sweet book. My kiddos begged me to read it. We just finished it this morning and cried tears of joy. There are several discussion questions at the end of the book as well. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book! We were able to discuss animal rights, animal abuse, protesting, relationships and bonding between animals and humans alike. My children are now arguing over who gets to read it next, to themselves ❤️!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming tale.
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Zoe author of Everywhere and other books
5.0 out of 5 stars short chapters makes light reading
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Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous story, simply told but with great depth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and beautifully written. Told from the perspective of Ivan the ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2017
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