ida, ALWAYS

November 13, 2019 - 1 minute read

By Caron Levis

Illustrator Charles Santoso

Recently I went to the local library to look for a children’s book to review. When I came upon this book and started to read it, I found myself tearing up. This is a thought-provoking book about two polar bears who experience the joy of each other’s company throughout each and every day. When Ida, one of the bears, becomes ill, the daily routine of life changes for both her and Gus. Throughout this book the author explores the emotions of joy, anger, sadness, and love.

While being very careful to not share the rest of the story, I encourage you to read this book for yourself personally and then decide if there is anyone else you might want to share it with. I have shared this book with a number of people. The message within and the illustrations may help readers of different ages to deal with a variety of life situations.

One more note…Though the story is fictional, Gus and Ida were real polar bears at the Central Park Zoo. Be sure to read the author’s note at the end of the book.

Reviewed by: Jodi Knapp