Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a "domain" at a mall.  He has accepted his lot in life and spends his time making pictures with the art supplies given to him and talking with the stray dog who hides in his domain.  When attendance falls off for the daily performances of the other animals, the owner buys Ruby, a baby elephant, to bring in more crowds.  In his rush to train the elephant, the owner is not always humane and Ivan makes a promise to make Ruby's life better.  Ivan wants to honor his promise, but what can he do to make sure Ruby gets the life she deserves?  This is a really touching book with a few lol moments.  It is based on a true story, which makes it more poignant.