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Common Sense Media says

Heartwarming story of a heroic, artistic, captive gorilla.

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Parent of a 13 year old Written bythreelambs February 4, 2013
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6
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Beautiful language, wonderful read for all ages

This book was a wonderful read for myself (pushing 40) and my 10 year old, and could easily appeal to even younger readers and children who enjoy being read to. The language is very poetic and calming, and Ivan (the gorilla) shares many poignant thoughts that readers will absorb in different ways, depending on their maturity. There are strong feelings of loss at times, so that could be a concern for younger children-- but also great conversation-starters. I don't like politics and an author's personal ideology rammed down my throat...and I'm happy to say that although there is a slight introduction of "animal rights," it is an appropriate contribution to the overall story. There is also loose referencing to evolutionary beginnings. I've seen it suggested as a good read for animal lovers, but I would say it appealed mostly to my daughter because of the artists (a young girl and Ivan, himself.) It is a beautiful, beautiful story that I will remember.

Kid, 12 years old Written byMagali Tomlinson March 27, 2013
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12
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the best book for kids average 10-16

its a really good book it shows friendship its sad but at the same time happy.
its made me cry a bit. and how its good for kids because it has really small chapter. some chapters have 2 or 3 sentences in it.

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Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written byBAJH May 24, 2013
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Everyone should read this book!

Wonderful story that captures you from the beginning.

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Kid, 10 years old November 1, 2013
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11
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I LOVE THIS BOOK

I have a friend who is a boy and he cried during the book,and I myself sorta tomboyish cried and cried when ruby was getting abused.But i love this book it had beautiful structure and everything just magical.

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Kid, 11 years old March 5, 2014
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8
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A Great Book that Teaches About Friendship and Loyalty

This is definitely a great book for ages 8 and older. Not only does it teach about loyalty, but the true meaning of friendship. Join Ivan, Ruby, and Bob in this FANTASTIC read. I give this book 5 stars out of 5 :)

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