Ida, Always

Ida, Always

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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.
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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
ISBN: 9781481426404
Branch Call Number: E LEV
Additional Contributors: Santoso, Charles - Illustrator


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Bittersweet tale of two inseparable polar bears living in a zoo. When Ida becomes ill, the zookeeper explains that there is no way to make her better, and one day she will die. Gus is angry at first, but the friends try to enjoy their remaining time together as much as possible until they have to... Read More »

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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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