The One and Only Ivan Themes

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Fulfilling a Promise

Before Stella dies, Ivan makes a promise to take care of Ruby. Stella does not want to ask such a promise, but she knows that Ivan will keep his word. Ivan has never had to protect anyone before, but it is in his basic nature to do so. Ivan is determined to keep his promise.

A gorilla in the circus has little power. Ivan struggles with finding a way to fulfill this promise. All he knows is that things are bad for Ruby and he must do all he can to save her. Ivan eventually draws a picture of Ruby in the zoo hoping his friend Julia can make it happen. It does happen, slowly. Ivan is afraid of the change, but happy when he discovers his friend is safe and happy. Ivan has fulfilled his promise.

Friends

Stella, Ivan, Ruby, and Bob have been torn...

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