Book by: Katherine Applegate. Published On: January 17 2012
It’s never to late to be what you might have been.
Animals are like humans. They deserve a life like ours.They don’t need a house, a laptop, a phone. They just like to live in the wild. Eat fruits, sleep on grass. Like Gorillas, they swing from one tree to another. They’re so in-tune with nature. They are not meant to be sitting in one room and watching TV. They’re more active than we are. Living in a human world is not for them. So why do humans need to capture them and make them perform in a circus (or something similar)? Entertainment? Do we not have so many other means to entertain ourselves?
In the book The One And Only Ivan a Gorilla named Ivan or The Mighty Silver back is captured in a Mall called “The Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He lives most part of his life there – for Nine Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Six Days.
He watches every move of a human from his small Cage. He performs on the stage three times in a day for 365 days. This is a heart warming story of Freedom, Friendship and a courageous fight for freedom. Every word you read will bring tears.
Everything goes the same until a small and cute baby elephant called Ruby comes. That poor little almost new born baby is to perform, too everyday, and if he doesn’t or stops while performing for a minute she is hit by a claw stick by Mack the Boss of Exit 8 Big Top Mall And Video Arcade. Ivan and his friend Stella (who is captured in the cage too next to Ivan’s cage)she loves Ruby so much and never got a chance to be a mother(because she was never able to be free in the wild). She and Ivan are concerned about poor Ruby and want to rescue her.
Mamma sobbed while reading this book to me. It was really heart melting. I highly recommend you to read this book. It’s not only for children; adults will love reading it too!
I can read it again and again. Once i read it with mamma, she told me to read it once again at my own pace. Now that i know the story i can just relish the writing. And maybe the third time i can read it again just to see how the author has written those words and how i can can write it too in my own way.
It’s interesting, when you read this book you see your own human world from an animal’s perspective. To see what’s going on on an animal’s mind.
The book’s writing is simple, yet thought -provoking.
I found some interesting trailers that will give you more idea about the book and inspire you to read it.
And, now some beautiful and meaningful lines from the book ‘The One And Only Ivan’!
- Stella (the elephant) says to Ivan: “Your gorilla hearts are made of ice Ivan,” she said, her eyes glittering. “Ours are made of fire”.
- Ivan says: “Humans waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot. Everyone knows the peels are the best part.”
- Ivan says this looking at his Human friend Julia doing homework: “Homework, I have discovered, involves a sharp pencil and thick books and long sighs.”
- Ivan says: “Memories are precious … they help tell us who we are.”
Talking about Animals, Sufiana loves animals and i wrote about this in my earlier post. Did you check it out?-A Serene Spot In Nature: Where The Wildflowers Grow.