“At its heart, of course, an animal fantasy is as much about humans as it is about animals – about things we most fear and things we most love, about pain and sadness, but also about redemption and hope.”
“In Ivan’s story – both real and fictional – there is hope.”
“Children know all about sadness. We can’ tide it from them. We can only teach them. We can only teach them how to cope with its inevitability and to harness their imaginations in the search for joy and wonder.”
“Nothing, nothing in the world, can do that better than a book.”
Katherine Applegate shared these words as she accepted the Newberry Medal in 2013.
My words, related to The One and Only Ivan, are: Read it! Read it to kids of all ages, much like you have read Charlotte’s Web to children of all ages. Read it for yourself, too. Give this book as a gift to readers, beginning readers and future readers. This is a book for families to enjoy together – to read and reread The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.