Tenth Good Thing About Barney

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My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them...
But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth — and begins to understand.

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Overview

My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them...
But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth — and begins to understand.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Because the life cycle of animals is so short, it's usually the first death a child experiences. Fortunately, there are good children's books to help in many difficult situations. This book works better than any other book on the subject. It is the story of a small boy who is trying to understand and recover from his cat's death. The author is honest and authentic in her approach.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689712036
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/30/1987
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 184,030
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s picture books, adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry for children and adults, and musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. She is best known for her beloved picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Erik Blegvad was born in Denmark and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen. Mr. Blegvad has illustrated more than one hundred children's books, including Twelve Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Riddle Road by Elizabeth Spires, Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear! by N. M. Bodecker, and Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude by Louise Borden. The Blegvads divide their time between England, France, and Wardsboro, Vermont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2006

    A warm and wonderful book

    I purchased this book shortly after we had a very beloved cat euthanized. It is a very loving story, sensitively handled about death and the on-going circle of life. It helps young children get a grasp on the finality of death and the importance of riutals and family support.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    Great book for all children

    I think this is a wonderful book. I have a 4 year old, who's Dr. passed away. Since then she had been asking me questions about death. So I bought the book ( a coworker told me about it). It was great at explaining what I couldn't. I recommend this book for children of all ages!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2001

    Everyone should read!

    I remember this from my youth as a poem & was glad to see it published as a book. Was a favorite of mine & my sisters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    Great Intro to death

    I am a Hospice bereavement couselor for children. We use this book quite often to help children get a grasp on death.Children relate people death's through past experience with pet death's.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    The title could be more inviting and explain the content better.

    This book carefully portrays a child's feelings about the death of his cat. It is a wonderful book to help teach a child about the concept of death. I highly recommend it.

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