When she published the book Home of The Brave a couple of years ago, I knew I had to share her work with my students because I can't keep all that beauty to myself. A piece of work like that was meant to be shared and read by many people, to get lost in the conversations that would arise with each page, each chapter. Indeed, that is exactly what happened when my Fifth Grade ESL class read Home of the Brave during Literature Circles a couple of years ago.
Years later, Katherine Applegate brought us another book. It is with excitement that I repeat the process when I get ready to read one of her books: a whole day free for reading, a stack of flag sticky notes, and time to devour and digest every word. That's what happened today when I finished reading The One and Only Ivan, her latest work.
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Here are some of the beautiful language captured (thanks to sticky flags that makes it easy to go back to them)...
"Memories are precious," Stella ads. "They help tell us who we are. Try remembering all your keepers"."p.53
"I like colorful tales with black beginnings and stormy middles and cloudless blue-sky endings." p. 63
"I've never asked for a promise before, because promises are forever, and forever is an unusually long time. Especially when you're in a cage." p. 101
"I was born in a place humans call central Africa, in a dense rain forest so beautiful, no crayons could ever do it justice." p. 123
It's beautifully written and the story will win your heart. I can guarantee you that much. That's what a great book does to you! Happy Reading and Enjoy the journey!