Sally Goes to Heaven

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Sally Goes to Heaven is a wonderful, joyous book to help provide gentle insight into the natural cycle of life of a pet, or to share with young children who have recently experienced the loss of a beloved animal. In this book, Sally passes away and goes to heaven, where she lives happily and helps her family on Earth find a new pet. The book includes a removable magnetic photo frame that readers can use to ...
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Overview


Sally Goes to Heaven is a wonderful, joyous book to help provide gentle insight into the natural cycle of life of a pet, or to share with young children who have recently experienced the loss of a beloved animal. In this book, Sally passes away and goes to heaven, where she lives happily and helps her family on Earth find a new pet. The book includes a removable magnetic photo frame that readers can use to hold a picture of their own beloved pet.
 
Praise for Sally Goes to Heaven
“Any family who has ever loved and lost a dog will find comfort in Sally Goes to Heaven. Stephen Huneck’s beautiful illustrations and simple text evoke an afterlife that is everything we could hope for our dogs—and ourselves.” —Ken Foster, author of The Dogs Who Found Me and I’m a Good Dog

"The final entry in the late Huneck’s series about Sally the black Labrador is a touching account of Sally’s death from old age and her joyous experiences in heaven."
--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Huneck’s instantly recognizable woodcuts make each scene feel iconic, and his plainspoken prose will provide grieving young pet-owners with a measure of relief."
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"This title can help children remember the good times in both Sally’s or their own pet’s life."
--School Library Journal

"The folk art–style woodblock illustrations, in their directness and simplicity, are as comforting as the text."
--Booklist
 

A 2014 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner for Picture Books

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/17/2014
A deep sense of comfort resounds from the late Huneck’s final book about his black Lab, Sally. As the story opens, Sally is moving slowly, with “aching joints” and no appetite. “The next morning, Sally wakes up in heaven,” writes Huneck; the pearly gates themselves appear opposite, with arched entryways for “good people,” “good cats,” and “good dogs.” Sally quickly discovers that her pain has vanished, and that heaven is a place where meatballs grow on bushes, “Frisbees fill the sky,” and children line up to rub her belly. Huneck’s instantly recognizable woodcuts make each scene feel iconic, and his plainspoken prose will provide grieving young pet-owners with a measure of relief. Ages 5–8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
K-Gr 2— In this final story about Sally, the black Labrador realizes that she is too tired to eat and lies down in the sun. The next morning, she wakes up in heaven. The remainder of the story relates the cheerful activities available to her in her new surroundings. No longer feeling pain in her joints, Sally can now "pounce and bounce" with other animals and enjoy her favorite treat of ice cream. She comments on these explorations in the same simple sentence structure evident in the previous books. While this tale is not as eventful as the earlier books, fans will still appreciate the attractive folk-art woodcuts. Done in black, tan, red, and green, they enhance both the solemnity and tranquility of Sally's afterlife. The text is again in a bold black design on a white background, usually at the bottom of the page, which will aid those children who are just learning to follow words on a page. A picture frame is included on the final endpapers—it can be easily removed for library circulation. This title can help children remember the good times in both Sally's or their own pet's life.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-02-26
The final entry in the late Huneck's series about Sally the black Labrador is a touching account of Sally's death from old age and her joyous experiences in heaven. On the opening page, Sally hears the front door close. She is in pain and no longer wants to eat. The dog spends her last day peacefully sleeping in the sun, and the next morning, "Sally wakes up in heaven." There are three pearly gates in Huneck's illustration: for "good people," "good dogs" and "good cats." Sally finds she is no longer in pain and that heaven is full of friendly dogs, along with surprising treats like gigantic piles of dirty socks and meatballs growing on bushes. There are no leashes or fences, and all kinds of animals are friends, with human companions always ready to throw a stick or scratch a tummy. In a satisfying conclusion, Sally wishes her family would adopt another dog, and a yellow Labrador joins the family she left behind. Huneck's distinctive woodcuts with bold lines and simplified shapes ideally complement the restrained yet emotionally rich story. This stands alongside Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven (1995) as recommended bibliotherapy for families who have experienced the death of a beloved dog and who wish to promote the notion of an afterlife. Gentle, understated and comforting to both children and adults. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419709692
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 176,005
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Huneck was the bestselling, award-winning author of seven previous Sally adventures and an internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor, and printmaker. His artwork is in the collections of the American Folk Art Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He lived with his wife, Gwen, and their four dogs in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, near Dog Mountain, where his Dog Chapel is located. His own dog, Sally, was Huneck’s inspiration for these books. Huneck died in 2010.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Sad story

    Sally goes to heaven is a sweet and sad story about adog that goes to heaven. It truly touched my heart! It reminds me of my dog.! It gives you a look at what heaven is like.
    So read the book

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    I love this book my dog just died less than a week ago it is such a confert:'(

    Same as up there

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Wonderful book illustrated with the late Stephen Huneck woodcuts. Touching and simple text. I purchased it as a gift to give to a dear friend whose dog had passed away. She loved it too.

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