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Ida, Always
by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso


Overview - A beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bears.

Gus lives in a big park in the middle of an even bigger city, and he spends his days with Ida. Ida is right there. Always.

Then one sad day, Gus learns that Ida is very sick, and she isn't going to get better.  Read more...


 
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Overview
A beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bears.

Gus lives in a big park in the middle of an even bigger city, and he spends his days with Ida. Ida is right there. Always.

Then one sad day, Gus learns that Ida is very sick, and she isn't going to get better. The friends help each other face the difficult news with whispers, sniffles, cuddles, and even laughs. Slowly Gus realizes that even after Ida is gone, she will still be with him--through the sounds of their city, and the memories that live in their favorite spots.

Ida, Always is an exquisitely told story of two best friends--inspired by a real bear friendship--and a gentle, moving, needed reminder that loved ones lost will stay in our hearts, always.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481426404
  • ISBN-10: 1481426400
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: February 2016
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 11.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Bears
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Death & Dying
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Inspired by two polar bears that lived in New York Citys Central Park Zoo several years ago, Levis (Stuck with the Blooz) takes readers on a reassuring emotional journey that explores friendship, love, and loss. Polar bears Ida and Gus spend their days playing, splashing, and listening to the sounds of the city, but everything changes when Ida becomes terminally ill. Echoing the stages of grief, the friends stomp and snarl upon learning the bad news, then come to an exhausted, quiet acceptance as they begin to share Idas dwindling time. Leviss characterization of caring, supportive friends is spot on; the bears give each other a moment alone when needed, and express how much theyll miss each other. The description of Idas passing is brief, poignant, and gentle, as is Guss adjustment to life without his best friend. Santoso (I Dont Like Koala) creates gauzy backgrounds featuring the city skyline and the zoos greenery, and his slightly anthropomorphic bears convey a wealth of feeling through their expressive eyes, smiles, and body language. Ages 48. Authors agent: Emily Mitchell, Wernick & Pratt Agency. Illustrators agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates. (Feb.)

 
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