The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye

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Not since The 10th Good Thing About Barney or I'll Always Love You has there been such a peaceful and inspiring book to help children and adults cope with the loss of a pet. The talented multiple-medalist Jane Yolen takes on this difficult subject with her usual grace and poetic sensitivity, focusing not on the death as much as the life in the last day of an older cat named Tiger Rose. Tiger Rose's kitten days are long gone and she's grown too tired to stay, so she says her goodbyes to all the creatures and the ...
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Overview

Not since The 10th Good Thing About Barney or I'll Always Love You has there been such a peaceful and inspiring book to help children and adults cope with the loss of a pet. The talented multiple-medalist Jane Yolen takes on this difficult subject with her usual grace and poetic sensitivity, focusing not on the death as much as the life in the last day of an older cat named Tiger Rose. Tiger Rose's kitten days are long gone and she's grown too tired to stay, so she says her goodbyes to all the creatures and the joys of her natural world—from the scolding blue jay, to the dog and children she shares her home with, to a chipmunk, startled by her gentleness, to her favorite shady patch under a piney bush. In a final vision, Tiger Rose takes one last leap into the blue sky and becomes one with all—the earth, the air, the sun. . . . This is perhaps the most reassuring book on death available for children.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A poetic picture book about a cat that knows she is at the end of her life. Tiger Rose is old and hurting, and she senses that the time has come for her to leave. No catastrophic event harkens her death, just a natural instinct to go off by herself. It's this sense of nature taking its course that is very soothing and makes the death acceptable to readers. Mirroring the soft tone of Yolen's text are LaMarche's light-filled pastel illustrations. Both elements have an ethereal quality to them, which suggests that this is a celebration of the cat's life as she exits peacefully and with dignity. "She never once looked back as she climbed away from life, leaving her old and tired body behind….now part of the earth, the air, the sky, the sun—And all." Children who are experiencing loss will find this book a comfort. Pair it with Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (Atheneum, 1971) and Bill Cochran's The Forever Dog (HarperCollins, 2007) for reassurance that death is a natural part of life.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
From the Publisher
Starred Review, Booklist, July 1, 2011:
"Approaching a subject that many prefer to avoid, Yolen writes with precision and tenderness...A quiet tribute to the passage from life into death and, potentially, a comfort to children facing the death of a pet."
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Yolen tells the carefully crafted story of the death of a pet from the animal's point of view. Young readers go along with Tiger Rose as she prepares to leave her happy family life. One by one she bids farewell to Mom and Pop as they go off to work, to the boy and girl of the family on their way to school, to the vividly visualized greenery and creatures around the house. Finally, relishing all around her, Tiger Rose lies down under the rosebush, curls up, and walks "...slowly up and up and up...and into the luminous sky...leaving her old and tired body behind...now part of the earth, the air, the sky, the sun—and all." LaMarche's pastel illustrations, starting with the gentle, appealing portrait of the cat on the jacket, are naturalistic visuals appropriately accompanying the poetic text. It is easy to relate to the feline's emotions as she visits with the garden creatures for the last time. The end pages picture clearly the before and after. Tiger Rose's story may help young readers deal with the pain of the loss of a favorite pet. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375966637
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 606,141
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen
JANE YOLEN has written 300 books for children, including Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal; the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs . . . ? series; and our own Hush, Little Horsie. Her work has been recognized with two Christopher Medals, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, and many others for her distinctive middle and YA fantasy fiction. When she is not writing—is she ever not writing?—Jane composes songs, performs as a professional storyteller, and enjoys being a grandma.

JIM LAMARCHE has illustrated over 20 children's books, some of which he has also written. His work has been awarded the Parents magazine Best Book of the Year; the Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Picture Books; and the ABA Pick of the List. He lives in central California with his wife and children.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    a tender, loving tale

    Have you ever experienced the death of a pet cat or dog? Tiger Rose is a gray striped tabby cat. She was born in the city but now lives in the country with a boy and a girl who love her, a dog named Rowf who tolerates her, and two grown-ups named Mom and Pop who let her sit on the sofa as long as she doesn't use her claws. She is surrounded by bushes, pine trees, butterflies, blue jays, moles, voles, chipmunks, snakes, starlings, ants, bees, sparrows, and goldfinches.
    However, Tiger Rose has grown old and tired and slow. Her kitten days are so long ago that they are only small sparks of memory. Her legs sometimes hurt, and she no longer has an appetite for chasing food. One soft, spring day, she knows that it is time to say goodbye. "It is time," she says to Rowf who is lying on the porch. She says goodbye to Mom and Pop as they drive off in their cars. She says farewell to the boy and girl as they walk to school. She says goodbye to all the rest of her friends. Finally, she cleans herself from head to tail, lies down under the roses, curls up into a ball, and falls asleep. What will happen then?
    The loss of a beloved pet is a difficult time for children, and sometimes for many of us who are older too. When I was growing up, we had lots of cats and a few dogs, so we had our share of kids' pet funerals. In the last almost twenty or so years, we have had three house cats in our family, and when the first two passed on each instance was hard on our boys. Author Jane Yolen, whose Owl Moon won a Caldecott Medal, tells a very touching and sensitive story, beautifully illustrated with the pastel drawings by Jim LaMarche, which will help to provide a sense of peace and comfort to a child whose pet has died. Yes, the book is sad, and I must admit to having eyes blurred by tears when I finished it, but I heartily recommend it as a tender, loving tale that can well be called "as much a celebration of life as of its gentle end."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Sniff sniff

    I have to admit that this book is heartbreaking and I went up up to my room after I read it and my cat was up there and I started to cry like a baby! NOTICE: If you have a cat thats old DO NOT get it. You will start to cry like I did. My friends call me a baby. I am a baby!:(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Hmmmm............Sounds entereasring

    Beautiful just beautiful * sniffle.....sniffle*

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