The One and Only Ivan

by K. A. Applegate

The One and Only Ivan

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Book Information

Publication Date: January 17, 2012

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 570L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level S

Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Major Awards: 2013 Newbery Winner

Number of Pages: 80 pages

Approximate Word Count: 24,400 words -- The average reader will spend 1 hours and 37 minutes reading Rigorous Reading: The One and Only Ivan at 250 words per minute.

Audible Book Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins

Book Themes: Identify, Man vs the Natural World, Memory of the Past, Freedom and Confinement, Home, Animal Rights

Genre: Young Adult Literature written like a Biography

Setting: Northwestern Town -- A Circus-Themed Shopping Mall (Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade)

Important Quote: Memories are precious ... they help tell us who we are.

First Line: I am Ivan. I am a gorilla.

Point of View: First Person from Ivan's Perspective

Links to Resources and Teaching Ideas


The One and Only Ivan

Students learned a lot while creating a habitat for Ivan. This STEM project was great fun!!

The One and Only Ivan Free Sorting Activity

Students recall details and infer while sorting details about Ivan's four homes. Get the free activity here.

The One and Only Ivan

We made Ruby/Stella cupcakes with Little Debbie Snack Cakes, candied orange slices, marshmallow peanuts, and M&M’s.