Monday, October 17, 2011
Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan
Wow. Just wow. Katherine tells a rich, touching story about Ida B, who is a creative happy, free spirited girl who enjoys being homeschooled by her parents and communing with nature. When her mother gets cancer, Ida must go to public school, which she decides that she will hate and she sets her heart to be unhappy. Ida struggles with anger, unhappiness and sorrow and shares her feelings in a way that readers can enter into and understand. The story is told in a beautifully descriptive way bringing Ida and her emotions to life and drawing the reader in as well. This is an incredibly well told story for children in grades 4-6 and beyond.