I was extremely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! It follows circus animals throughout their journey to be together in a mall circus to the day when they must part ways. It teaches a lot about relationships and counting on the ones that you are closest to. I would use this book with fourth or fifth graders. I would either use it as a read aloud whole group, or I would have students read it in Literature Circle groups. After reading this, I would have my do research on the Atlanta Zoo and Ivan's time there. There are some really neat virtual field trips you could take to the zoo also!