The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only IvanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
Published by HarperCollins on January 17th 2012
Pages: 307
ISBN: 0061992259
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Such a beautiful story about Ivan, a Silver back Gorilla who has lived for 27 years at Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He has become accustomed to being there and painting when he can. He rarely thinks of life before the Mall. Life when he lived with his family in the Jungle. He now spends his days watching television, painting, and eating and sleeping. He has formed friendships and does not appear bothered by the status quo until Ruby a baby elephant is brought to the Mall. He then makes a promise that will change both of their lives. To keep his promise he must channel his inner Silver back and protect her from a lifetime of confinement and chains. This is a very touching story based on a real life Gorilla named Ivan who lived in confinement until he was “rescued” and taken to a zoo where he learned to live with other Gorilla’s and never lost his love of painting

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