Hilton Central School District

The One and Only Ivan visits Village Elementary

A gorilla, a ring master and a clown recently led a parade through Village Elementary School as part of the sixth annual One School, One Book event. Class by class, students joined the parade which led them outside for the big announcement that The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate was this year’s selection.

The award-winning novel is about Ivan, an easygoing gorilla living in a mall, and the baby elephant he befriends, who helps him see his real home – and his own art—through new eyes.

One School, One Book is a program designed to create a shared reading experience within a single elementary school community. Schools choose a chapter book, every family in the school receives a copy, and every family reads that book at home over the course of a single month.


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