Based on a true event, this heartbreaking but hopeful story centers around Ivan, a silverback gorilla who has lived in a circus-themed mall for many years. Narrator Adam Grupper energetically introduces Ivan as the wise elder he is. In contrast is a precious baby elephant, Ruby, who sounds just like a curious and adorable youngster. Bob the dog vocally exhibits his world-weariness while Stella, a dying old elephant, elicits a promise from Ivan to care for Ruby. Grupper's accomplished narration adds poignancy to Applegate's beautiful writing. There’s a happy ending when young Julia befriends Ivan and helps him keep his promise. Kids of all ages will learn important truths and shed a few tears while listening to this simple story. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2013]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2013
CD ISBN 9780062285300 $13.99 Three CDs
DD ISBN 9780062283474 $13.99
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2013
CS ISBN 978-1-4703-5124-3 $30.75 Three cassettes
CD ISBN 9781470351236 $30.75 Three CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4703-5126-7 $49.75 MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4703-5125-0 $28.88
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