The One and Only Ivan

Gladys McDonald School is pleased to launch our whole-school book club called "One School, One Book" beginning April 26, 2022. The book selected is "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate and every Gladys McDonald family will receive a complimentary copy of this book, thanks to the generous support provided by the School Community Council and the School.


With the "One School, One Book" program, we aim to foster a community of readers within our school community. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff - will be participating and we can all reap the benefits.

Throughout April, May and June, families are encouraged to read a few times a week together (approximately 15 minutes).  A copy of the reading schedule can be found on the reverse of this letter and will also be sent home with your book. Alternatively, we invite you to listen to the recorded reading (read by GMS teachers and staff) on our website page. Each morning, students will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage attentive listening while your family is reading together. You will soon find that your child takes pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. As we read this book, students will have opportunities to apply what they are learning about the characters and events in the book to a variety of fun activities.

11594337"One School, One Book" is a novel program that includes children at all grade levels listening and/or reading the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child's own reading level and when a whole school reads a book there is a lot to talk about. With your help we can continue to foster a Community of Readers at Gladys McDonald Elementary.

Good luck! We hope everyone will be excited to go on this adventure with Ivan!

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - Book Summary

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Click here to see the calendar reading schedule.

Chapter Read-a-louds - Click the reading you would like to listen to.

Monday, May 23rd, Reading

Pages 197-213

Friday, May 20th, Reading

Pages 180-196

Wednesday, May 18th, Reading

Pages 161-179

Monday, May 16, Reading

Pages 144-160

Friday, May 13, Reading

Pages 126-145

Wednesday, May 11, Reading

Pages 108-125

Monday, May 9, Reading

Pages 90-107

Friday, May 6, Reading

Pages 75 - 89

Wednesday, May 4 Reading

Pages 56 - 74

Monday, May 2nd Reading

Pages 37 - 55

Thursdays, April 28th Readings

Pages 19-26

Pages 17-36

Tuesday, April 26 Readings


Pages 1 & 2

Pages 3 - 9

Pages 10 - 13

Pages 14 - 18