Students were given clues all last week, and today the school book was finally revealed! THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate, will be our first one school, one book, novel! This unique novel is the winner of the Newberry Medal and has been nominated for various other awards. Based on the real life of Ivan, a gorilla who lived for 27 years at a Mall in Tacoma, WA, The One and Only Ivan tells the tale of a Silverback Gorilla who befriends a small elephant and pledges to keep her safe.
We are excited to begin this novel and have the opportunity of a shared experience across all grade levels!
To find our more about the novel and about the real Ivan, click on the links below.
-Katherine Applegate speaks with NPR about Ivan and the novel.
-An overview of the novel on the official website.
-Just like a movie this book has it's own trailer.
HRPA is excited to introduce our first annual, One School, One Book! This is a program designed to create a shared reading experience every single student in our school. We’ve chosen a chapter book for the whole school to read. Each student will receive a copy of the book that will be their's to keep. The class will then decide on a project that each student will complete. On Thursday, March 10th, we will have a school-wide celebration where we share our projects with each other. We hope you are as excited as we are!
On Monday, we will reveal the super secret chapter book! The students have been given clues to everyday and have been trying to guess the book. Ask your students what their guesses are. We can’t wait to share One School, One Book with you!