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The Heaven of Animals
     

The Heaven of Animals

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by Nancy Tillman
 

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With all of my heart, I believe it is true
that there is a heaven for animals, too.
The heaven of animals is a magical place. Angels know every dog's favorite game; cats bask in their own rays of sunshine; horses thunder across the sky.
The loss of a pet is heartbreaking. But in the heaven of animals, the love you have for your animal friends

Overview

With all of my heart, I believe it is true
that there is a heaven for animals, too.
The heaven of animals is a magical place. Angels know every dog's favorite game; cats bask in their own rays of sunshine; horses thunder across the sky.
The loss of a pet is heartbreaking. But in the heaven of animals, the love you have for your animal friends lives on. National-bestselling author Nancy Tillman's message of comfort will help readers of all ages through the process of grieving and healing.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/30/2014
What happens to our beloved animals after they die? “Sometimes I think that they already know,/ all of the animals... just where they’ll go,” writes Tillman (I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love). In her signature style, manipulating and softening photographs with painterly effects, she shows a black-and-white border collie gazing off into the distance as a matching black-and-white cat looks on and a butterfly hovers under fluffy white clouds. A winged child in a T-shirt and jeans tosses a flying disc across a sandy beach to a Dalmatian: “When dogs get to heaven/ they’re welcomed by name,/ and angels know every dog’s/ favorite game.” Wide expanses of space where animals can roam untethered, never-ending supplies of food (“as soon as they nibble,/ grass grows itself back”), and peace between species that are predator and prey on Earth are all part of the magic. Tillman has an uncanny knack for providing images of pure pleasure; perhaps because of its weightier theme, this is a particularly affecting addition to her library of titles. Ages 4–8. Agent: Cathy Hemming, Cathy Hemming Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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“Tillman describes a heaven for animals that is a magical place.” —School Library Journal

“Fans of Tillman's sentimental rhyming couplets, pretty pictures and relentlessly positive worldview will welcome this vision of a happy heaven populated by pampered pets, ethereal angels and friendly animals of all sorts . . . This is likely to be another best-seller to add to her list.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Tillman has an uncanny knack for providing images of pure pleasure; perhaps because of its weightier theme, this is a particularly affecting addition to her library of titles.” —Publisher's Weekly

Children's Literature - Laura Pastuszek
Grieving is a difficult process, and one that is not always understood. Grieving over the loss of an animal is also incredibly sensitive. Tillman compassionately portrays the extraordinary love that animals give humans and keeps it alive as she describes the sweet things that animals do when they are no longer with us. Tillman describes animal heaven as a place where angels whisper. The words and images depict animals and winged children enjoying a variety of fun activities in heaven. Animal lovers can be comforted thinking about the memories of their beloved pets after they are gone. Beautiful illustrations replace words, depicting the love that animals often display toward humans when interacting with them. This is a thoughtful and elegant book to read with loved ones as it will comfort both children and adults who have felt the loss of a beloved pet. Reviewer: Laura Pastuszek; Ages 5 to 7.
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Tillman describes a heaven for animals that is a magical place. Angels know every dog's name and its favorite games, and all of the creatures coexist peacefully. A gorilla is eye to eye wth a cat, a dog is curled up with a buffalo, etc. The digitally rendered illustrations feature an idyllic landscape suffused with light and are the best part of the book. All of the angels depicted are small children. Unfortunately, the text consists of awkward rhyming couplets whose meaning is sometimes fuzzy. "I think that maybe it's heaven they see,/beyond what their wishes/could wish it to be." Also, while angels abound, there is no mention of God. Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven (1995) and Cat Heaven (1997, both Scholastic) are better choices, as they both address the issue without the sentimentality.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-30
Fans of Tillman's sentimental rhyming couplets, pretty pictures and relentlessly positive worldview will welcome this vision of a happy heaven populated by pampered pets, ethereal angels and friendly animals of all sorts.This heaven is a decidedly pastoral place, from the fog-shrouded lake on one of the opening double-page spreads to a field of sunflowers and a grassy meadow. A sandy beach, deep blue lake and wildly colored savannah are among the other settings, all of which serve to add variety and visual interest. Angels, mostly children and overwhelmingly white, are sprinkled about, playing with dogs, petting kittens and patting horses as well as running, dancing and paddling a bright blue canoe. The digitally created artwork verges on photorealism in some instances, while other vignettes have a gauzy look. The text is straightforward, with a strong rhythm from the opening couplet to the final reassurance: "But when you meet your friends again, / they'll see you as they saw you then. / And you'll find they always knew / how much they were loved… / and how much they loved you." Accompanied by the depiction of a joyous reunion between a boy and his dog, the final two pages may well be the most affecting part of the whole.For Tillman, predictability and preciosity have been profitable, and this is likely to be another best-seller to add to her list. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466876606
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
09/02/2014
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,007,026
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture book On the Night You Were Born; its companion journal, The Wonder of You: A Book for Celebrating Baby's First Year; The Spirit of Christmas; and the New York Times bestsellers, Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You and The Crown on Your Head. She also created the mischievous cat Tumford in Tumford the Terrible and Tumford's Rude Noises, and illustrated It's Time to Sleep, My Love by Eric Metaxas.Nancy's mission in creating her books is to convey to children everywhere that "You are loved." She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book On the Night You Were Born and its companion journal, The Wonder of You: A Book for Celebrating Baby's First Year. Her other books include Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You, The Spirit of Christmas, and Tumford the Terrible. A former advertising executive, Tillman now writes and illustrates full-time. She lives in Tualatin, Oregon.

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