Hen asked me near the end why I get the "cry voice" when I'm reading sometimes. This book is yet another in a seemingly endless number of children's books that can bring you to tears. This shouldn't prevent you from reading it to your kid, though. The story is beautifully written and - SPOILER ALERT - there is a happy ending for its characters.
Ivan is a silverback gorilla who is abducted from his homeland after witnessing the brutal slaughter of most of his family. He lives in a cage for nearly three decades with a mutt dog named Bob and an old elephant named Stella. When a new visitor comes and tragedy strikes, Ivan's promise motivates him to action.
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