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The One And Only Ivan

SSR Book Review
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Sima Vaenuku

on 12 November 2013

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Transcript of The One And Only Ivan

The One And Only Ivan
By: Katherine Applegate

5 Fiction of Elements
Plot
Setting
Theme
Character
Conflict
Setting
The setting of this story mostly takes place in a circus at Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade and in Ivans domain. The setting changes later in the story after Ivan was sent off to live in a zoo.
Theme
The theme in this story is based off fulfilling promises. Before Stella dies, Ivan makes a promise to take care of Ruby. Stella does not want to ask such a promise, but she knows that Ivan will keep his word. Ivan has never had to protect anyone before, but it is in his basic nature to do so. Ivan is determined to keep his promise. Ivan struggles with finding a way to fulfill this promise. All he knows is that things are bad for Ruby and he must do all he can to save her. Ivan eventually draws a picture of Ruby in the zoo hoping his friend Julia can make it happen. It does happen, slowly. Ivan is afraid of the change, but happy when he discovers his friend is safe and happy. Ivan has fulfilled his promise

Characters
Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a stationary circus. Ivan is a talented gorilla who can draw pictures and write simple words. He lives in his domain all the time, never leaving it for any reason. Ivan is good friends with Stella, the elephant who lives beside him, and Bob, a stray dog who likes to sleep on Ivan's belly. later in the story mack, the owner of big top circus brings in a new edition to the circus, ruby the elephant.


Plot
When Ruby, a new baby elephant whos parents have died and was left abandond joins their group, stella takes charge into mothering the new infant. That all changes when stella soon dies and Ivan suddenly realizes it is up to him to change their lives for the better--and soon.
Conflict
Summary
Quotes
Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a stationary circus. Ivan is good friends with the other animals in the circus, especially Stella the elephant and Bob, a stray dog. When Stella dies, Ivan makes a promise to save her young friend, Ruby, from a life of captivity. It takes some time, but Ivan and Ruby are eventually moved to a zoo. "The One and Only Ivan" is a book of great courage and hope.


The conflict of the novel is when stella dies just when a new baby elephant, Ruby, comes into the mall. Ivan promised Stella on the night of her death that he would protect and get Ruby a better life than stella had.
"I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. It's not as easy as it looks." pg. 9
“A good zoo," Stella said, "is a large domain. A wild cage. A safe place to be. It has room to roam and humans who don't hurt." pg. 95
“But hunger, like food, comes in many shapes and colors.” pg. 62

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