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Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Poignant, sensitive story of captive gorilla builds empathy.

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Ivan is excellent, the perfect vehicle for introducing young children to sensitive questions about wildlife and our relationship to nature. Though it's nonfiction, it's told as gently as a story, and children are given the opportunity to see Ivan's experiences through his own eyes, providing lots of opportunities for empathy. G. Brian Karas' art is a perfect match, warm and child-friendly, expressively portraying Ivan's emotions.

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