the first book that she and i have read this year is the one and only ivan. ivan is a great silver back that is on display in a mall along with several other animals. each animal has their own "domain" as ivan calls them.
ivan meets stella, a baby elephant, when she comes to be the new attraction at the big top mall...and video arcade (sounds like a glamorous place, doesn't it). stella keeps asking ivan about his past and he is forced to remember...everything, even the things he has blocked out.
ivan is an artist at the core and uses his art to convey a message and to eventually make things better for himself and stella.
as i was finishing up the book tonight, i had to hold back the tears. this was a beautiful story about friendship and love and how sometimes animals know much more than we give them credit. please read this...either alone or with a child. you will love it as much as they do! the one and only ivan....a must read!