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The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
(Publisher description)
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.
Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.
Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better

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Interviews with Katherine Applegate
Scholastic interview A fun interview
Publisher Weekly interview Ms. Applegate explains why she decided to write a story about Ivan after she read a newspaper article about him. Learn what she is up to now.

Teaching Applegate shares how she decided to write The One and Only Ivan and hear an short excerpt.

The One and Only Ivan Discussion Guide from Harper Collins

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Basic Facts About Gorillas from Defenders of Wildlife

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa.

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