Ivan has lived most of his life in captivity and has accepted his small enclosure in a zoo-themed mall as his home. That is, until young elephant Ruby arrives and Ivan realizes that she deserves better. Strong narration combined with great storytelling give life to Ivan and his companions. Ivan's voice is both gruff and caring, and listeners will be anxious to find out if he can keep his promise to find a better life for Ruby. (Audio) - Colleen Beaupre
Dynamic cartoon illustrations capture Piggie's eagerness to play his new trumpet for Elephant. Piggie's response to Elephant's honest assessment of both his trumpet and his playing surprises in this easy reader.
Through his own words and graphically illustrated paintings “signed” with Ivan’s thumbprint, Ivan portrays the humor and hardships of his life as a gorilla in the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. This bittersweet book about friendship effectively balances print with the silences of white space.
Gerald and Piggy are back in the seventh installment of this exuberant beginning reader series. At first deterred by the weather, they discover that it is fun to play in the rain. Their joy is cut short when the sun comes out . . . or is it?
Separated from his mother, a baby Indian elephant finds a new family with a herd of buffalo, but soon must choose where he really belongs. Bold block prints and a rhyming text filled with sounds make this a great read-aloud.