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Applegate, Katherine.
New York : Harper, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 4.0
ISBN 0061992259

2 booktalks
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Booktalk #1

Attention animal fans!  Meet Ivan!    Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a glass and metal enclosure at the Big Top Mall and Video Arcade which is “conveniently located off I-95”.  Ivan lives there with an old elephant named Stella and Bob, a stray dog.  Ivan watches TV, draws pictures and sometimes he throws me-balls (dried balls of gorilla dung) at the humans coming to see him. This story is told by Ivan and his story changes when Ivan promises his friend Stella to take care of Ruby, a newly arrived baby elephant   Ivan’s story is based on a true story of a Gorilla now living at Zoo Atlanta.   The real life Ivan is also a painter of pictures   Read about Ivan and his animal and human friends in “the One and Only Ivan”. (Booktalk written by Lorreen Keating-GSF Committee/North Hampton Public Library)

Booktalk #2

Ivan is a gorilla living in a steel and glass cage in a roadside zoo. His friends are an elephant named Stella, Bob, a stray dog, and Julia, the daughter of the custodian. After living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade for 27 years, Ivan has grown used to having humans watching his every move. But his world changes when Stella has a baby named Ruby. Ivan makes a promise to Stella and wants to help make Ruby’s world better than the dirty, trash-filled, ill-kept place where they live now. Read this touching story of friendship and human/animal interaction (which is based on true events) to see if Ivan and Ruby’s life can change. (Review by Sue Dahlstrom, Wayne Elementary School) (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Gorilla -- Fiction.
                        Elephants -- Fiction.
                        Animals -- Treatment -- Fiction.

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