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Cat Heaven
     

Cat Heaven

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by Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator)
 

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"The way to Cat Heaven is a field of sweet grass, where crickets and butterflies play!"
With a gentle, playful rhyme, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant explores all the ways our beloved cats enjoy Cat Heaven, as she did for dogs in the bestselling companion book, DOG HEAVEN. Her shining artwork illustrates a world of peace for cats in Heaven, where no tree is

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"The way to Cat Heaven is a field of sweet grass, where crickets and butterflies play!"
With a gentle, playful rhyme, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant explores all the ways our beloved cats enjoy Cat Heaven, as she did for dogs in the bestselling companion book, DOG HEAVEN. Her shining artwork illustrates a world of peace for cats in Heaven, where no tree is too tall for exploring, where there is no lack of angels' laps for sleeping.
If your child wonders where his or her kitty goes after a happy life on Earth, they can rest assured that all cats "know where the angel cats fly. They'll run past the stars and the moon and the sun . . . to curl up with God in the sky."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Those who liked Rylant's Dog Heaven will undoubtedly welcome this companion volume, which is similar in its themes and execution. The text, this time in rhyme, has the same complement of sentimentality; the art again consists of bright, cheery paintings rendered in a primitive style. Detractors, however, will note the same weaknesses present in the earlier volume. The language seems coy or precious: "The way to Cat Heaven/ is a field of sweet grass/ where crickets/ and butterflies play..../ There's just so much fun on the way!" The rhymes often strain: when a cat needs to "just simply ponder," Rylant says, "she will watch the old house/ where she once lived and wandered." Here God is multiculturalhis face alternates between pink, brown and beige on different pagesand he really likes cats. God sits reading in Cat Heaven, where cats "are so loved and spoiled/ God lets them all/ lie on His bed," and when he walks in his garden there is "a kitty asleep on His head." Whether or not this view of heaven will please the clergy or be helpful to children who have lost pets, Rylant's feel-good book is bound to appeal to adults whose taste in reading is dominated by a pronounced sweet tooth. A surer bet for Rylant fans is The Blue Hill Meadows (reviewed below). All ages. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Cat Heaven sounds like paradise. A rhyming text describes a realm in which felines are fed from God's countertop, a place where they no longer get stuck in trees because now they can fly. There are thousands of toys, and soft angel laps in which to cuddle. There is even a quiet time to look back on former homes and loving people. The primitive, childlike painting style is similar to Rylant's work in Dog Heaven (Scholastic, 1995). Both books serve the same purpose of comforting anyone mourning a lost pet, but the writing flows more easily and the pictures are more mature in Cat Heaven. The story has spiritualism and reverence but not in a traditional manner. God is depicted as a kindly older man who washes the cats' bowls and "walks in His garden with a good black book and a kitty asleep on His head." His coloring varies from pink to brown to yellowish tan. The visual impact of the book is stunning. Cats of all colors frolic through the exuberantly hued pages. Vibrant yellows, blues, reds, purples, and greens create a feast for the eyes. Even the color of the text changes to contrast with the background. Whether read as a story to younger children or used in a discussion of the nature of heaven with older ones, this deceptively simple, sweet book is rewarding.Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Every bit as rich in eye-dimming sentiment as Dog Heaven (1995), this will kindle sighs even from the feline-indifferent. Writing in rhyme, Rylant assures readers that all cats already know the way to heaven's yellow door, and once past it will never want for laps, toys, or full kitty dishes. Rylant paints in the same extremely naive style of the first book, with large brushes and bright, opaque colors; heaven is a place with trees and clouds to perch on, fields to leap through—and a garden full of tall flowers, where God walks "with a good black book ["Garden Tips"] and a kitty asleep on His head." Comforting and amiable, this is tinged with gentle humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590100540
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
56,069
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


As a child in West Virginia, Cynthia Rylant never dreamed of becoming a writer. In her free time, she devoured Archie comic books and paperback romances and enjoyed the outdoors. But after taking one college English class, she was, “hooked on great writing… I didn’t know about this part of me until I went to college-didn’t know I loved beautiful stories.” And one night, inspired by the Southern writer James Agee, she sat down and wrote When I Was Young in the Mountains. Named a Caldecott Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it was an instant success.

Since that night, Rylant hasn’t stopped creating wonderful books. Her stories explore friendship, love, grief, and other mysteries, and often draw on her memories of growing up in Appalachia. “I get a lot of personal gratification thinking of those people who don’t get any attention in the world and making them really valuable in my fiction-making them absolutely shine with their beauty.”

She lives with her many pets in the Pacific Northwest.

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Cat Heaven 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. I read this to my children the night before we had to put our 14 year old cat, Maximilian, to sleep. We all cried but it allowed for grief and happiness. Letting go requires feeling that there is something more out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's amazing how a book meant for a child can help an adult cope with the loss of their cat. Colorful and whimsical illustrations add to the simple message of what cat heaven is like. The author shows that God has a sense of humor by letting the cats sleep on His bed and taking time to make cat treats from His oven. Sweet book. I would recommend this book to anyone who has lost a cat, knows a friend that is dealing with a loss of a cat or a child that is having a hard time with the loss of their cat. It's a nice book to if someone wanted to put the hardcover book next to a picture of their cat on a shelf or mantle. Adds a nice touch and reminder of where their pet is.
IowaReader More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my 10-year-old nephew after his family cat died and he really liked it. He wanted to carry it with him everywhere he went when he first got it. It helped him deal with a very difficult thing on a level he could understand.
GRAMS More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Ryland has written a wonderful book of simple reassurance for people (of ALL ages) who have lost a dear animal member of the family. Great illustrations and lovely text. I've given it to MANY friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I have given it as a gift to several friends and children to comfort them after their cats have died. However,the most recent copy I bought was for myself. My 18 year old cat, Finian finally succombed to her several health problems just months after my other cat, 18 year old Tempest, had to be euthanized because she had mouth cancer. I read this sweet book (the first time in several years) and remembered and grieved my wonderful cats.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow!
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lynnelondon More than 1 year ago
To say goodbye. It wil make you smile through your tears.
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Kiran Masroor More than 1 year ago
a cute nice book! go cats!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me when I lost my beloved D.J., my calico of 17+ years, and while it continues to make me cry because I keep her in mind while reading, it also brings a level of comfort that I'm certain all people who've lost a kitty will appreciate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a must for every cat lover who has lost their beloved pet(and those who haven't) I love the diversity of the characters portrayed in the illustrations, will make you a believer that, yes, there really is a cat heaven, - especially great for children young and old
Guest More than 1 year ago
i bought this book when my beloved cat Rudy took ill. he has since passed on, as have 2 more of my furry friends. this book always brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I read this book daily. She is 17 months old, and she loves the illustrations. We are animal lovers, and although I am certainly not an expert in theology, I truly believe that our furry friends indeed travel to the yellow front door to meet the angels and sleep on God's bed. Children need an explanation when a beloved pet dies, and I hope this comforts my daughter when our furry housepals are no longer sleeping by our feet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is marvelous for people who have just lost a cat or for those who are just plain cat lovers! The illustrattions are cute and funny and the book makes you fel warm all over!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got dog heaven because my dog maui had to be put down because of cancer. That made me so very sad. My great friend got me dog heaven and i went in to tears whe reading i was so touched and wonderstruck that i cried myself to sleep. It's been 1 year now and 1 mounth and 5 days and 7 and 27 mins sence he was put down. I remeber for ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I have it in my bookshelf. Don't buy it for the nook.
Rodney Aberegg More than 1 year ago
How many pages does it have?