The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

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Ivan, a gorilla living in captivity and on display in a mall, is not your typical gorilla. Ivan is a great artist and his owner sells his artwork in hopes of getting rich. In captivity with him are some great friends: Stella, a mother elephant, and Ruby, a baby elephant who is forced to learn tricks. Ivan begins to see and realize that living in the mall is not the life he and his friends should live. With his artistic abilities and the help of some humans that truly care about the animals, Ivan’s artwork is displayed on a billboard which sparks a protest by animal advocates. All of this leads to a much happier life for the animals.


Created by: Charity Hatley