Ida B.

Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan (0-06-073024-2)
Sigh. This is one of my favorite books of the year so far. It is the sort of book that teachers can read to their classes, parents can read to their children, and everyone can rejoice in.
Ida B. is a girl who speaks to trees and rivers. She is homeschooled and loves it. But then her mother gets sick and she is forced to return to public school and some of the land that her precious apple-tree friends are on is sold. The trees on that land are torn up and destroyed. Ida B. feels her entire life has been torn up and her heart hardens.
Ida B. herself is a wonderful character who captures a certain sort of person who is more at home by themselves than with others. She is a nature-girl through and through, and each and every one of us can see ourselves in her.
This amazing book should be given to teachers to share, or to read for themselves. It should be handed to kids who read above grade level, because there is nothing objectionable in it. It should be given to parents who want a book to read aloud to kids of a wide range of ages. It is a book to be shared.