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We Love Ivan

April 3, 2015

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a new teacher resource for Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate.  This is the nonfiction picture book followup to the novel, The One and Only Ivan . . .  which we absolutely loved. We are excited about the new picture book too!! I have enjoyed getting to know the real Ivan as I worked on the read-aloud guide. This is an awesome nonfiction book for the classroom. We love it too!Ivan: The Remarkable True Story Read-Aloud Guide

In leafy calm,

in gentle arms,

a gorilla’s life began.

Katherine Applegate


In spare, powerful words and evocative illustrations, Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla.

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a mall in Tacoma, Washington, to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and Ivanin impact.

This is his true story. Photographs of Ivan are included in the back matter.

Houghton Mifflin

I also discovered an awesome resource on the Ivan website. The We Love Ivan section provides a forum for classrooms to share projects they have created to celebrate Ivan and his legacy. Share your #WELOVEIVAN stories and pictures and see what other classrooms are doing.

Katherine Applegate tells the true story of Ivan in her new picture book

If you haven’t read The One and Only Ivan in your classroom, you should. Check out our Ivan  Novel Study and Unit Plan on TPT ,and NOW our newest product is available on TPT, Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Read-Aloud Guide.

Ivan Story Cube

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