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Bernard Waber
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Ira Sleeps Over
Ira Says Goodbye

Ira Says Goodbye

By Bernard Waber

Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1988.

ISBN: 978-0395483152 (hardcover)

        978-0395584132 (paperback)

“In the sixteen years since we first met Ira in Ira Sleeps Over (Houghton), he has assumed near-legend status. …The author uses an understated style that’s perfect for suggesting the grief of parting with a best friend, without putting a burden on the story. The illustrations are in full color and add humor and warmth to the book. Ira’s young fans will be glad he’s back.” E.S.W. reviewed in the November/December 1988 issue of

The Horn Book Magazine


5 Stars “Just Wonderful. This is a wonderful story for any & every child who has been faced with the trauma of seeing their best friend move away to a far distant place or having to move away themselves. It is vivid in describing the feelings that have to be endured & also offers hope & consolation.”

—Amazon review

Ira confronts several emotions when he learns his best friend Reggie is moving away.

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Ira Says Goodbye