Katherine Applegate invites us into a world narrated by the wonderful Ivan. Mighty Silverback. Star of the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. Ivan is so much more than an oddball mall attraction. He narrates this story and The One and Only Ivan tells the story of his life.
Ivan’s story is one of relationships. It is about Stella and Ruby, important elephants. About Bob the dog who is wise and aloof. And little Julia who inspires and understands Ivan’s art. This may be a story mostly about animals but I haven’t read something in a long time that so reminded me of my humanity. How we are all vulnerable. Raw. Hopeful. Somewhat scared.
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