- Published: New York : Harper, 2012.
- Year Published: 2012
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 305 p. ; 21 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
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The one and only Ivan
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When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
The book would be good for animal lovers (since the main characters are animals), but the story could also give parents and kids a good starting point to talk about empathy, relationships, and many other very human things that are important but sometimes hard to discuss.
It's early yet, but this is a strong 2013 Newbery contender.
Strong parallels to Charlotte's Web (Is Ivan a loving tribute?): pesky but lovable scavenger character, complacent protagonist who gradually becomes aware of the injustice of his situation, highlights cruelty of humans, precocious young girl forms a bond with and protects animal characters.
it takes you on a great adventure through hard and happy times!
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