Applegate Challenges Humanity

The One and Only Ivan is a work of fiction, but the inspiration for this imagined tale lies in a true story. Ivan spent 27 years of his life alone in a cage. When I started to write about the grim facts of Ivan’s solitary existence, a new tale slowly began to take shape. At least on the page, where anything is possible, I wanted to give Ivan (even while captive behind the walls of his tiny cage) a voice of his own and a story to tell. I wanted to give him someone to protect, and the chance to be the mighty silverback he was always meant to be.   ~Katherine Applegate

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Take What’s Inside You And Make The World Better

Comprehending our origins can indeed be a difficult subject. The challenge in teaching future generations, comes with providing a foundation in understanding rather than dividing. Personal beliefs, religion, culture, and family, all play a pivotal role in shaping who we are. Concluding one person’s story based on these perspectives, ultimately leads to global misconception. Books with a message of tolerance, empathy, and social awareness have the potential to enrich our children’s life plus add to the value of their humanity.  Read More

Once There Was A Tree… And She Loved A Little Boy.

What books did you love as a child? The Giving Tree was one of my favorites. Now as an adult, I learned the remarkable power this beloved classic truly carries. As I was reading it to my own children, a new level of interpretation arose. A much more complex yet meaningful metaphor.  Read More