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READ PDF ß Ida, Always ñ Inspired by two real life polar bears, Gus and Ida, who were residents of New York Citys Central Park Zoo, this wonderful story about the loss of a loved one is beautifully told Its an example of childrens books at their best Santosos dense, luscious paintings give the couple a solid, reassuring world to live in This is a difficult story to tell for both children and adults, but Ida, Always does it with simplicity and grace Dan Yaccarino The New York Times Book Review, February ,A Bank Street College of Education Best Childrens Book of the Year category I am in awe of this wise, endearing, tender and beautifulso very beautifulbook, which is sure to become a classic of children s literature The words and the pictures meld perfectly to explore the emotional journey of love and loss, breaking your heart and then beginning to mend it Judith Viorst, author of the bestselling Alexander books and The Tenth Good Thing About Barney STARRED REVIEW Inspired by two polar bears that lived in New York Citys Central Park Zoo several years ago, Levis Stuck with the Blooz takes readers on a reassuring emotional journey that explores friendship, love, and loss Leviss characterization of caring, supportive friends is spot on The description of Idas passing is brief, poignant, and gentle, as is Guss adjustment to life without his best friend Santoso I Dont Like Koala creates gauzy backgrounds featuring the city skyline and the zoos greenery, and his slightly anthropomorphic bears convey a wealth of feeling through their expressive eyes, smiles, and body language Publishers Weekly, November , STARRED REVIEWSTARRED REVIEW Loosely based on Gus and Ida, the polar bears who lived at the Central Park Zoo until Idas death inand Guss death in , this frank yet sensitive work explores loss and affirms the power of friendship While the tone is gentle, Levis is honest about the turmoil and anguish of terminal illness The quiet, lyrical text is complemented by the soft, evocative visuals Santosos design is particularly inspired, with good use of the gutter and perspective Although Gus experiences real loss upon Idas death, the book ends on a hopeful note, emphasizing the strength of the friendship and Guss memories of Ida VERDICT A tender and honest portrayal of coming to terms with death School Library Journal, January , STARRED REVIEWSTARRED REVIEW In an honest and upfront manner, Caron Levis gracefully reflects the complicated emotions of not only dealing with loss afterward, but living with the dying In Leviss soothing narrative, Ida will always be with Gus, because, as Ida told him,You dont have to see it to feel it The polar bears are sweetly and expressively drawn, and the sky, clouds, shadows, sunshine and rain in Australian illustrator Charles Santosos I Dont Like Koala softly luminous digital paintings all beautifully mirror the storys joy and sadness Shelf Awareness, February , STARRED REVIEWIda, Alwaysstands out as that exceptional issue book that expands the audience into the realm of being a book everyone should read More than any other book on loss, Ida, Always manages to tell a story that is just as good at comforting a child experiencing loss as it is at explaining loss to a child who has yet to experience it This second quality lifts Ida, Always into being a book for every child Kenny Brechner Publishers Weekly ShelfTalker, April th,This is a picture book about loss and grief, so it is probably not a coincidence that it is pictorially dominated by skies Santoso paints amazing skiesThere s a spectacular view of the sky on almost every page of the story The book is very blunt about what s happening one day, when her body stopped working, Ida would die Levis writes about death and the bears mutual devotion with surprising beauty But some of the most affecting passages are hardly poetic at all the pictures are so simple they re heartbreaking Kirkus Reviews, DecemberThis simple story of bereavement and friendship is made evenaffecting by its richly colored, quiet illustrations A heartfelt and powerful depiction of loss and recovery Booklist, JanuaryThis thoughtful story is a good way to introduce a discussion of death to young children The soft gentle illustrations perfectly complement the understated, quiet text This would be a good addition to library collections on death and dying for children School Library Connection, May , RecommendedA beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bearsGus 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 isnt 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 himthrough the sounds of their city, and the memories that live in their favorite spots Ida, Always is an exquisitely told story of two best friendsinspired by a real bear friendshipand a gentle, moving, needed reminder that loved ones lost will stay in our hearts, always