This recent Newbery winner tells a touching story about a gorilla trapped in a tiny shopping mall circus from his point of view. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan who became used to humans watching him and doesn’t think about his life in the jungle. Until he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, and he is forced to see their life through new eyes.
This is one of the books students read in Hewitt’s Lightning Literature and Composition program for Grades 4. It can be purchased separately or in a pack. The books are listed in the order they are read for the course in the description of the Student Workbook.