The Tenth Good Thing about Barney

The Tenth Good Thing about Barney

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by Judith Viorst
     
 

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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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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606003568
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1975

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. A graduate in 1981 of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s chapter and picture books—including the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies—adult fiction and nonfiction—including the New York Times bestseller, Necessary Losses—poetry for children and adults, and four musicals. Her most recent book of poetry for adults, Wait For Me and Other Poems About the Irritations and Consolations of a Long Marriage, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. Her most recent book of poetry for children, What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? was published in 2016 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.

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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Tenth Good Thing About Barney 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
THe tenth good thing about Barney is that he is purple, and he loves everyone, especially cheese!!Also, the 11th good thing about Barney is he once cursed off kids on his show....... wait, that's not a good thing........................................ It's a great thing! Or is it???? Also, i worshiped Barney when I was a child, around 17, but my brother pulled his tail. CUPCAKES!!!!!!!!!!