One and Only Ivan

One and Only Ivan


Ivan, a gorilla, has only lived in captivity. He spends his days in a cage at Exit 8 Big Top Mall with Stella the elephant. When a new baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it’s up to Ivan to help her and change their predicament.

With the help of the custodian’s daughter, he learns to find his inner strength. Inspired by a true story, readers will cheer as Ivan gains his freedom and eventually makes a new home with other gorillas.

We like this book for its text complexity and self-awareness.

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