When: May 19, 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm EST
Registration Deadline: Closed
Meet the one and only Ivan, a silverback gorilla who spent the first part of his life raised by humans and living in a shopping mall. We’ll learn how he went from performing circus acts with his friends to living at Zoo Atlanta, charming visitors and staff with his fun-loving ways and wild heart.
First we’ll read (or listen to) the book, The One and Only Ivan.* It’s recommended for grades 3-7, but I enjoyed it, too – and I’m a lot older than that! It’s fiction, but based on a true story.
Children in pre-school through grade 3 may enjoy Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla** or Ivan: A Gorilla’s True Story.** It’s non-fiction, so older children may enjoy reading it to compare.
The movie (by the same title) is on Disney+, so if you have access to it, try to fit that in before the discussion.
Then we’ll meet on Zoom afterwards to talk about the books (and movie, if you watch it).
Virtual Event Information
In addition to the book discussion, we’ll meet Jodi, the woman at Zoo Atlanta who was Ivan’s primary care specialist and friend. She’ll tell us stories about Ivan and answer our questions about him and his life at the zoo (he passed away in 2012). We’ll also learn about the care of gorillas in the zoo and their conservation in the wild.
The cost is $10 per student, payable via debit/credit through my online payment platform. No refunds if you don’t attend the event (for any reason). Your spots aren’t transferable.
Before you register, please note…
- This event has two parts – a book discussion and virtual zoo visit. Students who don’t read the book and participate in the discussion won’t be able to attend the virtual event (no refunds).
- This event will be delivered via Zoom. Your Zoom username will be required on the registration form.
- One login per family, from a single laptop, monitor, or device. Make sure you have a large enough screen for your children to view during the program.
- Your camera must be on during the event to monitor attendance, and only registered children (and their parents) can attend.
- Spots are very limited, so register as soon as you’re certain you want to attend.