Our school is embarking on a special project, an all-school book club called Tomball Reads One Book. On Tuesday, January 23rd, we will begin reading The One and Only Ivan. If you purchased a shirt, we are wearing our Ivan shirts every Tuesday throughout this program.
This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home and his art through new eyes.
Schools throughout Tomball will be participating in this event, and your family is invited to join thousands of others in this district reading celebration!
Every student in grades 2-6 will receive a copy of the book. Please make time for your family to participate in this special activity by following the schedule and reading at home to your child over the next three weeks – about 15 minutes per night. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so that your child can be included. During this event, everyone will be talking about Ivan!
Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. It is also a fun and worthwhile family activity. Through the Tomball Reads One Book program, we are working to build a community of readers at our school and throughout our district. Students, parents, teachers, and support staff will be participating together.
You can also access each chapter on our “One and Only Ivan S’more”. Each chapter is read aloud by a special guest reader. One and Only Ivan S’more: https://www.smore.com/sbfjx
With your help, we can build a community of readers in our district.
Please see the reading guide below: