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Ida, Always

Ida Always 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 b

  • Title: Ida, Always
  • Author: Caron Levis Charles Santoso
  • ISBN: 9781481426404
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 stillGus 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 inspired by a real bear friendship.

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    1. Caron Levis Charles Santoso

      Caron Levis is the author of the picture books, May I Have A Word FSG Stuck with the Blooz HMH and Ida, Always Atheneum which the New York Times Book Review calls, an example of children s books at their best Forthcoming titles include Stop That Yawn Atheneum, 2018 and Mama s Shoes Abrams 2019 Caron is an adjunct professor and the coordinator for The New School s Writing for Children YA MFA program, where she earned her degree She has an LMSW from Hunter College after many years as an arts educator, Caron now loves using acting and writing to teach social, emotional, and literacy skills to students of all ages through her author workshops Having trained in acting and dabbled in playwriting, Caron enjoys turning theatre techniques into writing tools through her workshop Act Like A Writer Visit her at caronlevis

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    1. Ida, Always by Caron Levis is a powerful children's picture book that I had a hard time finishing because I was overcome with emotion. Now that we've read it a handful of times, it's a pleasure. This is a story for all ages and deals with grief and loss. The illustrations are beautiful and make the story feel heartfelt and present. The author's note at the end is touching.5*****


    2. A wonderful story, true to life, heartwarming and heartbreaking all in one short story. I loved this book even though I cried through much of it. Excellent reading!



    3. Tender and sweet, sad yet comforting as Gus and Ida each come to terms with Ida's sickness and the end of her life. A touching story that brings tears to your eyes as you recall your own happy memories of friends gone by. True friendship remains forever in the heart.


    4. This book made me cry. Seriously, this has ALL THE FEELS. If you're uncomfortable about crying in public over a picture book, read this somewhere private.It is beautifully written and focuses on two polar bears in a zoo and how their friendship changes when one gets sick. It deals with love and grief and loss and sadness, but tries to end on a hopeful note. I love this book. I LOVE IT. I could only give five stars, but my heart gives it a billion.


    5. Each year I and my family read and rate all the picture book nominees. This one is nominated for 2016. I make a few comments and then add their separate ratings and a comment. There's 15 and this is the ninth being rated. My rating might be somewhat influenced by the family, naturally. For this book I actually rated it down a bit from my higher rating because the fam thought as a story it was just okay. Hard-hearted! :)This is a book based on true story about two bears living in a zoo in NYC, o [...]




    6. Extraordinary. Yes, it is sad. But it is hopeful. Santoso's illustrations are so warm there is an absolute comfort throughout the book. This will probably become a classic loss book. Deservedly so. Up there with The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst and Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant. Terrific writing on a super hard topic.




    7. This fictionalized story of two polar bears who lived in New York City's Central Park Zoo is absolutely gorgeous and touching! Both the artwork and the text are a delight to read and filled with emotion. Ida and Gus are best friends. They toss the ball to one another, splash each other, and chase and play. Ida is always right there by his side. Always. Until one day, Ida gets very sick and the zookeeper explains to Gus that she is going to die. And then their relationship slows down, softens and [...]


    8. Oh, my heart, this book! I couldn't even finish because the tears were flowing. It's beautiful in illustration, story, and sentiment. I knew exactly who I wanted to buy it for halfway through (a cousin who is a hospice nurse). Having picture books that are sensitive to grief and loss, but also handle it in a way that the story is meaningful and engaging are important, and this book does that. Pair with another new one this year, Always Remember.



    9. Polar bears Gus and Ida are the best of friends and spend their days side by side at the zoo listening to the sounds of the city around them. Gus soon learns that Ida is sick; he must learn to say goodbye.What a tearjerker! These two friends are so sweet, I definitely had tears in my eyes by story's end. The text is soft and slow and does a great job of covering the grieving process and the acceptance of death. Put this on the shelf alongside Mo Willems' City Dog, Country Frog.Digital illustrati [...]


    10. Oof, my heart. This is beautiful. The story, the artwork, the writing. While it was hard reading this a week after my dog died, it helped. I know like Ida, she's with me always. I want this book for my own personal collection. Great for helping any child deal with death.


    11. I hugged this book when I finished it, but I couldn't speak for a little while. It is sad, but sweet - a lovely story about death and dying, but it also tells the story of two friends and the wonderful memories they made.



    12. Thanks for making me cry like a baby, book. My toddler wanted me to read it too him after he saw me reading it and I just COULDN'T. It's a really beautiful book though.



    13. I'm currently doing a reference search to help a patron find books to explain a terminal cancer diagnosis to her child, so I'm looking through a lot of picture books on bereavement, death, and dying.This one is the best I've seen yet. The illustrations are beautiful, striking and charming, guaranteed to make you sympathetic to the story. The words themselves are simple, and tell a beautiful story. I cried real tears, twice, while reading it.But the best part is that this book takes the reader th [...]


    14. It was a very thoughtful book about sickness and death (if you ever want to explain such a complicated issue to your kid). It was sad, very sad and tearful kind of story but sweet.


    15. Honestly, I can't say enough about this children's book. This little book packs a wallop of a punch, and is powerful in its message and theme. Set around the lives of two polar bears in the New York Zoo, and a real story of these two--Gus and Ida--polar bears at that, the book traces the friendship between these sweet-looking bears. Then, almost immediately, we find that Ida is sick and not herself. Her friend, Gus, must figure out how to deal with Ida's illness and his own loneliness.One of the [...]


    16. Simply, brilliant. A beautiful, touching, and emotional book that is simultaneously heartwarming and sad, yet up lifting. Inspired by real polar bears Gus and Ida at the Central Park Zoo, in New York City, whose endearing friendship is strong, both in life and death. Sorrow and loss are difficult lessons to learn for anyone, especially for children. Ida and Gus teach readers that although we may suffer great loss, true love and friendship transcends death and teaches us that we continue to carry [...]


    17. WOW. This story is absolutely stunning. It is well written, the illustrations are captivating and beautiful, and the meaning of the story is so powerful. I did not read this book as a kid but totally can see how much of an impact this books could have on how children process and view the loss of a loved one. The touching story is simple and easy to follow, but carries a lot of weight that if unpacked and processed effectively, I believe students will be able to have a deeper understanding of hav [...]


    18. Two polar bears are inseparable companions at New York City's Central Park Zoo until one bear becomes ill and dies. This picture book serves as a model of coping with chronic illness, impending death, and the accompanying grief. The use of wild animals creates a gentle springboard for discussion about humans or domestic pets in a similar situation.Beautiful illustrations enhance the text. The bears' emotions really come to life through their actions and facial expressions. I loved Charles Santos [...]


    19. Somehow I've kept missing this book, but now I know why so many lavished their praise for it. The author says it's based on these two friends at the NYC Zoo, and it is that, but also more. It's a story of love and loss, how grieving works, how to keep going while saying goodbye, and also how memories help the love keep growing. I think I wouldn't be able to share this as a read-aloud without crying. I love seeing those little bluebirds of happiness following along with Ida and Gus in Charles San [...]


    20. Oh wow, where to begin with this book. I wish I would have been introduced to this book while my father in law was dying of cancer. This would have been great to open up the conversation in a child-like way to my children. Broaching the subject of death and loss is tricky and difficult. I feel that with a book like this it would be a perfect way to get the child thinking on their own and how they feel about the situation. Great job in writing and illustrations. I don't think I can give a better [...]


    21. I loved this book. Its real and raw, yet very tender, approach to telling the true story of two polar bear friends in Central Park Zoo made it beautiful and hard to read. With the sentiment that you don't need to see someone in order to feel their presence and love, the lovely friendship and loss will resonate with readers, perhaps those coping with their own loss. Pair with other loss stories, such as ALWAYS REMEMBER. I need some time to recover from this oneoh, my sad heart.


    22. Wow! This book is lyrical and lovely. It touches on death in a peaceful and hopeful way. This would be a great book for evoking discussion of death and friendship. The illustrations add depth and power to the well chosen words. The bond between Ida and Gus is unmistakable and there's an emotional resonance to this story that stays with you long after you've read it. I highly recommend this book!


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