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Applegate, Katherine.
New York : Clarion, 2014
IL K-3, RL 3.9

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Katherine Applegate tells the story of Ivan, a baby gorilla who is captured by poachers and sold to the owners of a mall in Tacoma, Washington. He is raised like a human child until he is too big and then lives in a cage in the mall for 27 years. After public opinion persuades the owner to free Ivan, he spends his final years at Zoo Atlanta, where he shares a natural habitat with other gorillas.
   (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

Booktalk #2

How would you feel if you were taken away from your family and home and sent thousands of miles away? What if your journey began with a friend, someone like you, and then that friend dies and you’re left all alone? Then imagine that you outgrew the house you were living in with a human family and had to move to a large concrete room where people stared at you all day. This is exactly what happened to a gorilla named Ivan. Ripped from his home and family in Africa, he was brought to the United States as an “attraction” without any regards to his life and feelings. He may be just an animal, but animals have rights too! If you’re interesting in learning more about his twenty-seven years living in a cage, then read Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate. (Prepared by: Rebecca Adams, McDonald Elementary School , South Carolina Picture Book Award, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     Animal rescue.
                        Animal welfare.
                        Shopping malls.
                        Tacoma (Wash.)

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