Title IDA, ALWAYS
Jacket Condition in Brand New jacket.
Publisher Atheneum 2016
1481426400 / 9781481426404
Seller ID 9781481426404N
Atheneum 2/23/2016. New hardcover. in Brand New jacket. Later printing. Illustrated by Charles Santoso. Store pick: Gus and Ida are polar bears at the Central Park Zoo, and they are the best of friends, doing everything together. Then one day, Ida gets sick, and Gus has to deal with feelings he's never had before, and he has to do it without his friend. My 6-year-old, who does not like to cry, sobbed while reading this book, but she wanted to read it again and again, and even wanted to share it with her class. This book is special. It speaks to people, kids and grown-ups, even if they haven't been through something like Gus has. I love that Gus (and Ida) roars his anger at losing his friend, that he doesn't want to do anything without his friend, that it's not just left at, 'He was sad and cried a lot, but then he felt better.' There is so much more to grief than tears, and this book has captured that so well. It is a gift. -Melissa, store employee & mother of two