The Cat Who Went to Heaven

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In ancient Japan, a struggling artist is angered when his housekeeper brings home a tiny white cat he can barely afford to feed. But when the village's head priest commissions a painting of the Buddha for a healthy sum, the artist softens toward the animal he believes has brought him luck.

According to legend, the proud and haughty cat was denied the Buddha's blessing for refusing to accept his teachings and pay him homage. So when the artist, moved by compassion for his pet, ...

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Overview

In ancient Japan, a struggling artist is angered when his housekeeper brings home a tiny white cat he can barely afford to feed. But when the village's head priest commissions a painting of the Buddha for a healthy sum, the artist softens toward the animal he believes has brought him luck.

According to legend, the proud and haughty cat was denied the Buddha's blessing for refusing to accept his teachings and pay him homage. So when the artist, moved by compassion for his pet, includes the cat in his painting, the priest rejects the work and decrees that it must be destroyed. It seems the artist's life is ruined as well — until he is rewarded for his act of love by a Buddhist miracle.

This timeless fable has been a classic since its first publication in 1930, and this beautifully reillustrated edition brings the magic and wonder of the tale to a new generation of readers.

A little cat comes to the home of a poor Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brings him good fortune.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416949732
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 1/8/2008
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 126,812
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    Highly Recommend!!

    Heaven Sent !
    Fantastic story about a beautiful and devoted feline. This classic tale of the miracle of Buddha shows the devotion of a sweet human-like cat that simply wants to please her master. Although master and housekeeper are poor and starving, this cuddly feline puts her emotions and hunger last so her master can be happy. All throughout this book you see a softer side of cats. Having two spoiled self-satisfying cats myself, it's wonderful yet out of the ordinary to witness a cat putting her master first. Wonderful story of the devotion and love between a man and his Good Fortune. With the reputation of this artist at stake, the love he has for the "goblin" of a creature outweighs the consequences he faces if he loses her. I truly learned to appreciate cats a little more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    Required reading

    I don't care how old you are, this is a fairy tale that everyone can enjoy.

    I first read this in junior high school and searched many years before finally finding it again.

    It was just as enjoyable a read at the age of 40 as it was at age 12 and just as heartbreaking. I cried the same as the first time I read it.

    This is truely a timeless treasure that should be required reading in everyones library.

    The lessons are as timely and true today as when it was first published in 1930.

    Enjoy!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

    Cats Gods Paintings

    This book was very good it had suprises popping out everywhere you never could tell what was going to happen next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Cat Who Went to Heaven

    This short tale, which won the 1931 Newberry Medal for best contribution to American children's literature, is about a poor artist in Japan who is commissioned to paint a picture of Buddha's death. The story teaches children a little about Buddhism and about the concept of reincarnation. The artist paints pictures of the animals coming to be blessed by Buddha. But, legend said that cats never came. The artist's cat, Good Fortune, wishes to be included in the painting. Finally, the artist relents and Good Fortune dies from joy. But the priests now no longer want the painting since it doesn't agree with legend. The next day, however, they change their minds when a 'miracle' occurs. Coatsworth was well-known for her children's stories and this short story is one of the classics of children literature.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    StarClan

    An orange and white striped mother cat, Gingertail, watches her small black kit with a splotch of white on his forehead, Smallkit, chase a monarch butterfly. Ferncloud basks on the lush green grass, sparkling with dew. Mousefur is sharing tongues with Longtail under the shade of a ripe peach tree. Feathertail watches her mother Silverstream catch a plump fish from the cool fresh river. Fireheart watches over his mate and kits through the Starpool, a window of earth. Bluefur is playing with her kit, Mosskit, teaching her how to hunt with Oakfur. Snowfur is helping Featherwhisker and Runningnose gather fresh herbs. Moonflower is chatting with Flametail and Hollyleaf about prey under a large cool rock. Sweetpaw is playing tag with Talltail and Willowbreeze in a flower meadow. Crookedjaw is watching his daughter fish. Whitestorm is patrolling the borders with Redtail and Lionheart. Cinderpelt is storing sweet smelling herbs in a rock. Brindleface is napping by Goldenflower, Frostfur, and Yellowfang on warm sunning rocks. Raggedpelt is up in a walnut tree stalking a robin, with Swiftpaw watching. Honeyfern is lapping clean water from a fresh pond. Mudfur is sorting herbs in the breezy woods with Brambleberry and Hawkheart.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2006

    Cat Who Went to Heaven

    This short tale, which won the 1931 Newbery Medal for best contribution to American children's literature, is about a poor artist in Japan who is commissioned to paint a picture of Buddha's death. The story teaches children a little about Buddhism and about the concept of reincarnation. The artist paints pictures of the animals coming to be blessed by Buddha. But, legend said that cats never came. The artist's cat, Good Fortune, wishes to be included in the painting. Finally, the artist relents and Good Fortune dies from joy. But the priests now no longer want the painting since it doesn't agree with legend. The next day, however, they change their minds when a 'miracle' occurs.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    A well written story, told with gentleness

    The Cat Who Went To Heaven is an easy reading story about a little cat who watches over his master's shoulder as his master paints. He paints nearly every creature great and small, but why doesn't he paint a cat? A wonderful story, gently told, and full of love.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2005

    puuurrrrrfect cat story

    as a cat person i found that this book is 1 book that i can read my cats as they sleep at night. it is a great book that tells ledgens of the animals that helped buduh. i found that it brought a teer to the end but it also brought a smile. the only problem is that it was short.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2003

    Wonderful Short Story

    Taking an interest in my 6th-grade daughter's Newbery Medal book project, I read this wonderful little book in less than an hour. The most interesting parts of the book focus on Buddha's legends as he was transformed into different animals and the experiences - and lessons - the author relays. Definitely a must-read for cat fans, but anyone would enjoy this tale about a man's attitude changing about cats through his "visitor," Good Fortune.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2002

    Cat who went to Heaven

    This book was really amazing. It's so emotional and a must buy for anyone who loves asia and its culture.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2001

    This is an exquisite book.

    This has been my favourite children's book since I was a child. It is, quite simply, beautiful: a more than worthwhile read, whether one is a child, an adult, or somewhere in between. The story - of an artist and his cat -- is elegantly told, and the illustrations match in quality.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001

    Excellent

    This is such a great book. I read it when I was about 7 and I still love it. I recomend it to everyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

    Great little book

    This was a great little book, plain and simple. Read it one afternoon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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