|Rave Review #1 The One and Only Ivan|
The Plot: Ivan is a four hundred-pound silverback gorilla with a heart of gold and a curious nature. Ivan is also an artist who wishes to express what he sees within the confines of his glassed-in world at the Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. Along with his friends Bob the stray dog, Stella an elderly and wise elephant, and Ruby the newcomer, Ivan shares with readers his reflections on a variety of things in everyday life and human nature. But when big change affects everyone at the Big Top Mall, Ivan must focus on his gift of art to ease himself and his friends through the transition and to also help keep a promise.
The Verdict: Based on a true story about a gorilla named Ivan --read about the real Ivan here--, this is a title best shared together with younger ones as a read-aloud. Expect some of Ivan's observances to prompt meaningful conversations with your young ones! Adults who enjoyed titles such as The Art of Racing in the Rain and Tuesdays with Morrie will find this book equally appealing, inspiring, and a joy to read.