Ida, Always

Ida, Always

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, 2016, ©2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481426404
Branch Call Number: J 155. 937 LEV
Characteristics: 40 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 27 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Santoso, Charles - Illustrator


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Mariangela_S Jan 10, 2017

A heart warming, true story about how one polar bear's death affected the other bear. Comforting story for children who are losing a loved one.

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Nov 27, 2020

Superb story and needed a few tissues

DBRL_ChrissJ Sep 30, 2020

When Ida becomes sick, the zookeepers and her BFF Gus do everything to make her comfortable. Gus doesn't quite know what he'll do once Ida is gone, but she reminds him she will be with him always. (This book made me cry.)

Nov 13, 2017

Heartwarming story about loss.

EvaELPL Feb 27, 2017

A phenomenal picture book that explores grief in an honest, thoughtful way that will undoubtedly resonate with children. An all-time favorite.

Mariangela_S Jan 10, 2017

A heart warming, true story about how one polar bear's death affected the other bear. Comforting story for children who are losing a loved one.

katbee Dec 07, 2016

This is a beautiful story, but it makes you cry! It is a great book to read with kids to teach them about dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is inspired by two real polar bears who lived in New York City.

Aug 09, 2016


carinmilburn Jul 23, 2016

A sweet, beautiful story with lovely illustrations. I could only read it once because it makes me cry too much. loved it.

Apr 23, 2016

OMG this has got to be the saddest picture book I've ever read. Anything so simple that moves me to tears gets an automatic 5 stars even though the emotion was pain. Very well written, makes me empathize with any animal lovers (or people going through loss) with fresh eyes, compassion and appreciation for the depth of pain.

CMLibrary_rkimray Mar 08, 2016

This is a gentle and reassuring picture book about death and the grieving process. It is a relatable story, one that is often needed to talk with children about their emotions after losing a friend or family member to a long-term illness.

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CMLibrary_rkimray Mar 08, 2016

There were growling days and laughing days and days that mixed them up. Sometimes Ida needed a moment alone. And sometimes Gus did too.


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