Tag: Children’s

The One and Only Ivan

Author: Katherine Applegate
Published: January 17, 2012
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 15-20, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Jessica’s Review:

I listened to the audiobook version of The One and Only Ivan: It gives the fictional story of a real gorilla, Ivan, who lived for 27 years in a shopping mall until he was moved to Zoo Atlanta in 1994 where he lived the rest of his life. Ivan passed away  on August 20, 2012.

The One and Only Ivan is written for children, but adults could enjoy it as well. Ivan and the other animals did not have a happy life and Applegate made Ivan’s story feel all the more personal through this novel.  There are tough issues addressed in the novel (the death of an animal) and the protestors.  The tough issues are handled well for children to understand and adults to feel something as well. 

I encourage you to learn about the real Ivan and his story before reading this fictional version.  The book ends with a timeline of Ivan’s history. 

The narrator did a very good job keeping my interest.  He did great with Ivan’s voice with Ivan having been a silverback.

The One and Only Ivan is recommended.

Zoo Atlanta’s site about Ivan is here.
Ivan’s obituary is here.
Here is a video of Ivan: https://youtu.be/FF1oWHL-lSs

Purchase Links:
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Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Author: Katherine Applegate
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Published: October 7, 2014
40 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: June 10, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

In a spare, powerful text and evocative illustrations, the Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and the artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla.

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a Tacoma, Washington, mall to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact.

This is his true story and includes photographs of Ivan.

Jessica’s Review:

This is the sad, but true story of Ivan the gorilla. It has a happy ending and is aimed for younger children.  Ivan was taken away from his family as a baby in the Congo and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. He became a shopping mall spectacle to attract shoppers. He lived in a cage at the shopping mall for 27 years!

Finally, after protests Ivan was sent to Zoo Atlanta where he lived the rest of his life. He lived to age 50. In the wild gorillas live into their 30s. Ivan passed away in 2012.

I am from Georgia but never really knew Ivan’s story: Now I want to learn more about him.  This children’s book is a great introduction to Ivan and his life before going to Zoo Atlanta. The illustrations do a good job of helping to tell Ivan’s story.

There is an ‘About Ivan’ section in the back that gives basic information on his life and includes pictures.

To find out more about Ivan, Zoo Atlanta has a section of their website dedicated to him.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

 

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Blog Tour: London Hat Hunting Mission

Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for London Hat Hunting Mission by Winnie Mak Tselikas! This was a fun children’s book which I also learned from! There is also a giveaway going on for those in the UK.

Book Description:

Four little Londoners, Hope, Jun, Lea and Parth, come from a different cultural background, are good friends living in London. They are travelling to the iconic places around the city in search of magic hats to cure Mr Globe’s headache.

The book is illustrated with a mix of real life photographs of iconic places in London and digital illustration so children can have a vivid visual experience of London and at the same time open up their world of imagination.

London Hat Hunting Mission
Author:
Winnie Mak Tselikas
Published: November 18th, 2017
36 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: May 20, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

London Hat Hunting Mission is a fun and charming learning experience for children and adults! Being an American I don’t know anything about London and I had no idea of the extreme diversity that is in the city! This book was an enjoyable learning experience for me!

Our main characters are dolls of different ethnic backgrounds. They are Hope, Jun, Lea, and Parth and they end up going on a journey to help their friend Mr. Globe feel better. They are real dolls and the pictures of the dolls show them going all over London and along the way they learn a lot, including some words in foreign languages!

This is a great learning tool in so many ways: Learning about diversity in the ethnicities and cultures that represent London. We also get to go on a trip around London and there is even a ‘Hat Hunt Map’ showing where the dolls went.  I liked how there is a difference in the font to emphasize the learning aspect of where the dolls go and what the reader will learn.

I don’t have children but I highly enjoyed this children’s book. I would love to see where the dolls go next!

See Winnie Mak Tselikas and the adorable dolls:

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Winnie Mak Tselikas is a believer in diversity. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she studied engineering, worked in commercial sales and in 2011 switched to education upon moving to London. There, she met her half-French, half-Greek husband and they had a son, who now has family in China, France, Greece, HK, the UK and the US. Winnie considers her son to be a world citizen rather than of a particular nationality or culture. Inspired by her family and London’s diversity, she founded One Dear World and created the lovely adventures of Mr. Globe and the little Londoner dolls.

Contact Winnie:
Website: One Dear World
Facebook
Twitter @onedearworld
Instagram @onedearworld

It’s time for a Giveaway!! Win a hard cover book and one doll of the winner’s choice (UK only)

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