When Mrs Morris was in the USA in June/July she enjoyed meeting many of her blogging buddies. One of the online friends she spent some time with was Mrs Hembree. Mrs Hembree is a teacher-librarian in Seattle, Washington, USA. She writes the Bulldog Readers Library Blog.
Here is Mrs Morris in San Diego with her friend, Mrs Hembree.
Mrs Hembree kindly gave Mrs Morris a gift to take back to 4KM and 4KJ. It was a copy of the book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This is a book that Mrs Hembree and her students really enjoyed and recommended.
About the book
Ivan is a gorilla who lives at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade with his animal companions. While he is very used to this existence in his domain, he makes a change in his life and the lives of others, with the help of his friends. The One and Only Ivan is a work of fiction that is based on a true story.
Mrs Hembree’s posts
Mrs Hembree has written some great posts about The One and Only Ivan on her blog.
- Mrs Hembree was lucky enough to have the author, Katherine Applegate, visit her school. Read about it here.
- She has a friend who visited the “real” Ivan at Zoo Atlanta. That post can be found here.
- Sadly, Mrs Hembree also published a post about the real Ivan passing away recently. You can read about that here.
We have been reading a little bit of The One and Only Ivan every day this term and we enjoyed it very much. Today we finished the book! Here are some of the students’ reflections.
We would like to say
to our friend Mrs Hembree for introducing us to this wonderful story!
What did you think about The One and Only Ivan? Do you have a reflection to add?
Were there any special messages in The One and Only Ivan?
Can you recommend any other books that the students in 4KM and 4KJ might enjoy?