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The One and Only Ivan

Meet Ivan: a mild-mannered artist who lives in a circus-themed mall… and eats 45 pounds of food a day. “The One and Only Ivan” is a silverback gorilla, a large male meant to protect his family. The problem is Ivan has no one to protect. He is on display and people watch as he paints what is in his domain: a baseball, apple core, banana peel. Stella (an injured elephant) and Bob (a squirrel-sized dog) break up his days of TV watching and napping. Everything changes when a baby elephant, Ruby, is brought to the mall. Ivan now has someone to protect and is called into action to help his young friend. Based on a true story, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is a beautifully-told tale that will awaken a new generation of animal lovers. Recommended for ages 8-12.

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