For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan’s ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events. Based on the 2012 book by Katherine Applegate, a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal.
A world premiere based on the powerful bestseller by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao, adapted by James E. Grote and directed by Dorothy Milne. The One and Only Ivan, published by HarperCollins, 2012. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.
Recommended for Grades 2-6 in connection with the FCPS language arts curriculum.