The selection for this month is “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. This unforgettable and true story of a gorilla, captured as a baby in Africa, highlights the power of unexpected friendships as told from Ivan’s point of view. For 27 years he lived behind
glass walls inside a shopping mall accustomed to people watching him. Having long been removed from his life in Africa, Ivan occupied himself with television, painting, and his friends Stella and Bob, also confined in glassed domains. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes. This journal takes him from being a victim to becoming a victor. Ivan now lives happily in a lowland gorilla habitat at Zoo Atlanta. This is an inspiring book that would definitely fit into the category—book for children of all ages. Please make time to join us for a wonderful evening and discussion. Reading the book is not a requirement. For questions, contact Kris Ludwinski.