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Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a shoddy mall zoo. His best friend, Stella, an elephant dies while she is in captivity with him. Before she dies, she makes him promise to save Ruby, the baby elephant bought to revive the prospects of the owner of the mall. Ivan’s voice is understated (as opposed to exaggerated) allowing the reader to fill in the emotional swells. But even more amazing was the consistent way in which Applegate uses Ivan’s perspective to describe the things he sees or experiences:
“She makes a happy, lilting sound, an elephant lie. It’s like the song of a bird I recall from long ago, a tiny yellow bird with a voice like dancing water.”
“I like the sundown colors, red and purple.”
“The humans stop eating their popcorn. They coo. They clap. Ruby is a hit. I don’t know whether to be happy or sad.”
If you don’t feel right about reading this by yourself as an adult, grab a kid and read it to them. Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)