Cat Heaven

Cat Heaven The way to Cat Heaven is a field of sweet grass where crickets and butterflies play With a gentle playful rhyme Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant explores all the ways our beloved cats enjoy Cat Heav

  • Title: Cat Heaven
  • Author: Cynthia Rylant
  • ISBN: 9780590100540
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The way to Cat Heaven is a field of sweet grass, where crickets and butterflies play With a gentle, playful rhyme, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant explores all the ways our beloved cats enjoy Cat Heaven, as she did for dogs in the bestselling companion book, DOG HEAVEN Her shining artwork illustrates a world of peace for cats in Heaven, where no tree is too tall for ex The way to Cat Heaven is a field of sweet grass, where crickets and butterflies play With a gentle, playful rhyme, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant explores all the ways our beloved cats enjoy Cat Heaven, as she did for dogs in the bestselling companion book, DOG HEAVEN Her shining artwork illustrates a world of peace for cats in Heaven, where no tree is too tall for exploring, where there is no lack of angels laps for sleeping If your child wonders where his or her kitty goes after a happy life on Earth, they can rest assured that all cats know where the angel cats fly They ll run past the stars and the moon and the sun to curl up with God in the sky.

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    1. A lovely way to help explain the death of a cat. Cynthia Rylant envisions a heaven with cat toys and catnip everywhere, cats congregating on God's kitchen counter for tasty food and sleeping on his bed, being petted by angels and occasionally looking down at their former home.

    2. Both of my children have chosen Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant. Harriet chose it because it has cats. Sean, I think he picked it because he recognized the author's name. Both kids though respond with "what a strange book" after I've read it to them.Cat Heaven offers a simplistic view of what heaven would like to cats who have died. They can share the bed with God, drink milk, have catnip and all sorts of other things cats like to do.I suppose the idea is to ease the pain for children who have lost [...]

    3. In my entire adult life I have only wept over a single book. This is it. Humane education themes include pet loss, the idea that it’s ok to grieve, and bringing pets into the fold of our religious beliefs.

    4. A great book to give to anyone who has suffered the loss of their beloved cat. Helped me after the death of Skittles, my Siamese 16th birthday gift & lap kitty extraordinaire.

    5. Cat Heaven, is a good book, written in a sensitive manner, about what supposedly happens when a cat dies. It's a faith based story, about what the cats encounter on their way to heaven such as, sweet grass to play in, crickets and butterflies, plenty of milk and even catnip. The book talk's of God's kitchen with all of their favorite foods, looking down at their former family from heaven, and getting to sleep in God's bed. Of course the cat's are happy there, because "all cats love heaven."The i [...]

    6. I bought this book when our cat schmutz passed away about 8 years ago on the recommendation from my sister in law, Donna. I read it to the kids over and over again and we wrote a loving note inside to schmutz. Just yesterday our loving cat of 19 years, schwarz, passed away and the kids lovingly remembered this story and talked about schwarz and schmutz reuniting in Cat Heaven. in the process we have written a lovely note inside to schwarz. It brings smiles to our faces to think of our kitties in [...]

    7. Another winner from Cynthia Rylant. While I'm not crazy about the illustration style (kitty is a word my 10-month-old recognizes, but these simplistic drawings don't much look like the kitties he knows), I think everything else about the book is perfect. It captures everything that would make a place heavenly for a cat. I think it would be great for anyone who's lost a cat recently, not just for kids. One little thing I like is the various skin tones used for the angels and God: kind of a multi- [...]

    8. 10) Rylant, C. (1997). Cat Heaven. New York: Blue Sky Press. (Ages 2 – 6) I’d never heard the term “bibliotherapy” before MLIS 567, but this book fits into that category. Short, rhyming passages and bright, simple illustrations are comforting for those whose cat has recently died, and even those whose pet is still alive. It’s even comforting for me: earlier this year, my 15-year-old cat died. : (

    9. This was my sister's book; she used it to keep track of all the cats we belonged to, after they crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I took over this task after she passed. Yesterday was her birthday, so I decided to add three names/poems for furbabies I lost this year, and did another skim-through. It's a children's book, but a comfort to me every time I read it, and each time I have to enter the name of a precious kitty I've recently lost.

    10. I don't usually review pictures books in here, but I wanted to mention this one because it really helped us today. A little more "God talk" than we are used to in our house, but after the death of our beloved cat Gonzo, my kids really responded to the idea of a cat heaven and picture him there, surrounded by all of the things he most loved. I had to have Daniel read it aloud to his sister because it really broke me up. A sweet and touching book.

    11. Illustrator: Cynthia RylantAge: any ageSummary: A story about cat heaven.Applications/Uses: Not really necessary for a classroom, but good to have on hand if a student has lost a pet cat and needs to read something related to the death of their animal.Themes/Connections: Pets, life after deathAwards: None

    12. Here's a book I sent my niece when her cat died, but I didn't read it myself until recently when I lost my beloved furball. It is a nice change from all that rainbow bridge crap where the story makes your cat wait for your death before going to heaven by crossing the rainbow bridge with you. Here the cat goes right to heaven and has a wonderful time, just the way it should be.

    13. I was reading a bedtime story to a friend's daughter and son and ironically, this was the book on the shelf. (We currently have a cat who is terminally ill.) So I read the book and remembered how much I love Cynthia Rylant's words and illustrations. Simple yet profoundly artistic. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves cats.

    14. a good introduction to how much God loves us in a whimsical way, also a good way to introduce a discussion about what their impressions of heaven might be and how it might be different--and not as scary as we may have learned.

    15. What would I do without my friend, Amy? Thank you for this gem of a book, one that made me smile and weep, both. And, the first book Michael Finn said, "AGAIN!" to, after reading it through together once.I miss Mr. Bodie.

    16. A comforting book for anyone who has lost a beloved kitty. I adore the lively, folk art illustrations and the text is peaceful, playful and soothing.

    17. My mom gave this to me when we had to put down my cat many years ago. I didn't really believe in God even back then but it's a lovely book and it made me feel much better. It still makes me cry.

    18. ANother library book for my daughter. She loves cats and we recently had a small kitten die we found on the side of the road, so this book made her smile.

    19. Very nice Western-religion based story about what happens to our beloved felines when they die. Wished I'd had it for our kids when we lost Annie and Tasha.

    20. Great resource for helping with pet loss grief, especially for 1st time experience for childrend honestly, moms too!! :-/

    21. I loved this book. It gave me chills. This would be a great book for anyone who has lost a cat. It really hit home with me considering my cat died about 6 months ago.

    22. This story would be really nice for kids whose cat has just died. It's a nice book anyway with nice rhyme and simple illustrations.

    23. Given to me after the death of my cat, a long-time companion, I was charmed by the sentiment in the book.

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