The One and Only Ivan
Recommended for Grades 2-6
Running Time: 55 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Literature-Based, Science, Animal Welfare, Relationships and Family, Art, Communication and Language Arts, Character Development, Puppets
A world premiere based on the 2012 book by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal; Adapted by James E. Grote; Directed by Dorothy Milne
The One and Only Ivan, published by HarperCollins, 2012. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.
For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan’s ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events.