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The Cat Who Went to Heaven
     

The Cat Who Went to Heaven

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by Elizabeth Coatsworth, Raoul Vitale (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416949732
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
236,305
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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The Cat Who Went to Heaven 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
LemaMichelle More than 1 year ago
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.
Sworddove More than 1 year ago
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!
EllieStarfish More than 1 year ago
This book was very good it had suprises popping out everywhere you never could tell what was going to happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really amazing. It's so emotional and a must buy for anyone who loves asia and its culture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book. I read it when I was about 7 and I still love it. I recomend it to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great little book, plain and simple. Read it one afternoon.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I probally won't get this book because of the title.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.