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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Getting to Know Ivan the Gorilla

One of the Iowa Goldfinch books nominated this year is Katherine Applegate's nonfiction children's book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla.

Based on her Newbery Award winning chapter book, The One and Only Ivan, this children's book introduces Ivan to a whole new generation of readers. We got to know Ivan through an older video segment recorded at the time that Ivan lived at the B & I Shopping Mall in Tacoma, Washington.

Next, we listened to author Katherine Applegate tell us about how she first came to know about Ivan and about writing the book. Students learned that it was children just like them who first brought attention to Ivan and rallied to have him moved from the mall.

After reading the book and talking about Ivan's amazing journey that ended at Zoo Atlanta, where he lived out his days, we then watched Ivan in footage from his Zoo Atlanta home.

The deadline to vote for the Iowa Goldfinch Award winner is quickly approaching; all votes need to be submitted by March 1. We'll continue to read and talk about as many of the nominees as we can--stay tuned!

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