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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 2 by Gene Luen Yang
Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
Blue Sky by Audrey Wood
The Bumper Book of Nature by Stephen Moss
Code Talker by Chester Nez and Judith Schiess Avila
Country Road ABC by Arthur Geisert
A Dance for Emilia by Peter S. Beagle
Domestic Manners of the Americans by Frances Trollope Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden
Flight by Sherman Alexie
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain
The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer by James Endredy
Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth by Jon Chad
The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie
Maggie and the Pirate by Ezra Jack Keats
Natural History by Justina Robson
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
Rust: Secrets of the Cell by Royden Lepp
The Sacramento, River of Gold by Julian Dana
Tatty Ratty by Helen Cooper
Tiger Trek by Ted Lewin
A Very Fuddles Christmas by Frans Vischer
A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson

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The One and Only Ivan: 02/21/14

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate earned the 2013 Newbery award. Narrated by a lowland gorilla, Ivan, it's the story of how he helps save a baby elephant from a life of captivity in a strip mall circus.

Applegate, best known for the Animorphs series, gives Ivan a simple, matter of fact way of speaking that brings to mind the recorded sign language conversations of Koko the gorilla. He recounts both his childhood and as well as the present time, where Ruby arrives.

Together with Ivan's narration, there are beautiful illustrations by Patricia Castelao. ALthough there is an audio book, I opted for print this time because the book is just crying out for pictures and text together. As the book is so short and so heavily illustrated, it would do well as a class read along.

The book would also make an excellent animated film. In that regard, children who enjoyed Curious George 2: Follow that Monkey! will enjoy this book.

Five stars

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