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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao, Katherine Applegate

I was extremely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book!  It follows circus animals throughout their journey to be together in a mall circus to the day when they must part ways.  It teaches a lot about relationships and counting on the ones that you are closest to.  I would use this book with fourth or fifth graders.  I would either use it as a read aloud whole group, or I would have students read it in Literature Circle groups.  After reading this, I would have my do research on the Atlanta Zoo and Ivan's time there.  There are some really neat virtual field trips you could take to the zoo also!