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Sally Goes to Heaven

Sally Goes to Heaven

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by Stephen Huneck, Amanda McDermott

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"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

"Yes, we love our animals and sometimes we even rescue them. And


"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

"Yes, we love our animals and sometimes we even rescue them. And sometimes they rescue us."
Dr. Jeffrey Rockwell, DVM

In Sally's world, meatballs hang from trees, comfy couches stretch as far as the eye can see and tummy rubs abound. Readers will find comfort in Sally's description of Heaven.

Stephen Huneck's Sally Goes to Heaven is an uplifting and reassuring look at what happens to family pets once they leave us. Described in charming detail, by Sally, the fun loving black lab, with captivating illustrations from original woodcut prints, this wonderful book is a non-threatening way to help children understand the natural cycle of life. Beautifully illustrated, this classic tale captures the imagination of readers and dog lovers of all ages.

About the Author/Illustrator:

Stephen Huneck (1948-2010) was an internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor, and printer, and the creator of the Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, where he lived. His hand-carved furniture, sculpture, and woodcut prints are included in the White House Collection of the Smithsonian Institution, the collections of the American Kennel Club Library and the Museum of Folk Art, and many other prestigious museum and private collections.

Published for the first time digitally, Sally Goes to Heaven was written in the winter of 2009, just a few months before Huneck's own untimely death. His inimitable style, humor and infectious love of dogs lives on in the irresistible Sally.

"I believe Art should be an integral part of life. I try to give my work an almost magical energy that makes viewer feel good." - Steven Huneck

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
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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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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Sally Goes To Heaven 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same as up there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago