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Ida, Always

Written by Caron Levis and illustrated by Charles Santoso

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

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A polar bear grieves over the loss of his companion, based on the real-life Gus and Ida of New York's Central Park Zoo.

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  • Age Range: 4-8
  • Pages: 40
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2016
  • ISBN: 1481426400
  • ISBN 13: 978-1481426404
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The Book Snob Mom
Mom, Avid Reader, Austen Fangirl

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6.0
Grammy
English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare

This is a beautiful book--quite sad. It is the gentle story of two bears, one of whom becomes sick and dies near the end of the book, and how those bears spent their last days together, joyfully when they could, and quietly. The slow pace of the book gives the reader time to adjust to what is coming. Both the illness and the death are treated with tender respect; I can see this book being very relevant in a family where a loved one is dying or has died.

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6.5
Mr. Staccato
Spent many carefree hours hunting clues with the Hardy boys and defending Redwall Abbey.

A beautiful, calming book about two bears that spend their days together at the zoo, loving life and their friendship. Things change one day, however, when Gus learns that Ida is sick and not going to get better. This book introduces a difficult topic and the pain that is often associated with losing a loved one, but it makes you feel like everything is going to turn out alright. It's not one that I would want to read over and over again. It's not that kind of book. But it's a perfect book if you need it.

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B is for Bookworm
Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt

author
Caron Levis

Caron Levis (MFA; LMSW) is the author of several picture books including Stop That Yawn! (Atheneum), May I Have A Word? (FSG), and the award winning Ida, Always (Atheneum) which the New York Times called, ""an example of children's books at their best. "" Caron currently teaches and advises in The New School's Writing for Children/YA MFA program, works as a grief counselor, and sometimes officiates weddings. She loves using drama and writing to explore social, emotional, and literacy skills with kids of all ages through her author workshops. She would like to learn calligraphy, more about turtles, and how to do a back-flip. Visit her at www.caronlevis.com

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Caron Levis
illustrator
Charles Santoso

Charles Santoso (Chao) loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreaming about funny, wondrous stories. He gathers inspiration from his childhood memories and curiosities he discovers in his everyday travels. He has illustrated several picture books, including The Snurtch and I don’t Like Koala – both written by Sean Ferrell, Ida, Always – written By Caron Levis, which was mentioned in the New York Times as “an example of children’s books at their best”, Peanut Butter & Brains – written by Joe McGee and Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime – written by Cate Berry. Also a New York Times bestseller Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and A Boy Called Bat by Elana K Arnold.

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