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Old 06-19-2018, 10:35 AM
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I just finished this novel with my 6 year old.

I adored it. It's (very) loosely based on a true story of a gorilla, who was taken from Africa as an infant to the United States. He was raised in someone's home before become too rambunctious and moving to a cage inside a mall, off a freeway exit in Washington state.

The book is written from the perspective of the gorilla who has been isolated for 27 years, in a concrete cage.

I love the way it is written. It's a VERY EASY read (2nd or 3rd grade) but it was lovely. It will probably make you cry.
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:57 AM
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I was saddened when he died in 2012.
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Old 06-20-2018, 01:55 AM
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The whole story sounds sad. Why would he be stuck in a cage, by himself, in a mall? Was that part based on truth? It's bad enough for them to be stuck in a zoo. Will have to google this book, and real life version.
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The whole story sounds sad. Why would he be stuck in a cage, by himself, in a mall? Was that part based on truth? It's bad enough for them to be stuck in a zoo. Will have to google this book, and real life version.
Yes. Someone purchased a male and female as infants. Female died of pneumonia. They tried to get another female, but were denied so used him as a marketing gimmick in a mall, instead.

Zoo Atlanta has all kinds of info on him and photos. https://zooatlanta.org/animal-legend/ivan/
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This seems interesting. Do this novel have copies online? Can you give us the link? Would like to read it.
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This seems interesting. Do this novel have copies online? Can you give us the link? Would like to read it.
https://www.amazon.com/One-Only-Ivan.../dp/0061992259
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Thank you so much! Will read this soon.
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