What else did I do today? Well, I went to the dentist (yay!), had lunch with some teacher friends (love you guys!) and read a book.
The One and Only Ivan is based on the true story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who was kept in a cage in a mall for over 27 years. The real Ivan lived in a Tacoma, WA area mall and never went outside until he was rescued and transported to the Atlanta Zoo. I researched Zoo Atlanta; Ivan is still living there - at almost 50! You can read a bit about Ivan here.
This book would be an excellent read aloud; I already suggested to the friends I had lunch with that they read it to their 1st and 2nd graders. And I'm adding it to my read aloud list. Which is huge, because I don't add or delete from that list lightly!