Ivan is a gorilla living in a cage at a mall. He barely remembers anything other than his current life of people watching him, the tv shows he is allowed to see, painting, and his friends Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. His presence brought many people in to the mall for a long time but he's now old news and things are going downhill so the owner brings in Ruby, a baby elephant recently taken from her family. Now Ivan is being forced to remember and see his life through new eyes and he is realizing it's time for a change, not so much for himself but for Ruby. He even has a plan if he can just get enough paint and make the humans understand him.
An incredibly sweet book of unlikely friendship and devotion that also provides a look at the possible thoughts of the animals we share our planet with and how we might do a better job of looking at them with more understanding and compassion rather than trapping them to provide entertainment for ourselves.
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