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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590100548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590100540
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2. Cat Heaven sounds like paradise. A rhyming text describes a realm in which felines are fed from God's countertop, a place where they no longer get stuck in trees because now they can fly. There are thousands of toys, and soft angel laps in which to cuddle. There is even a quiet time to look back on former homes and loving people. The primitive, childlike painting style is similar to Rylant's work in Dog Heaven (Scholastic, 1995). Both books serve the same purpose of comforting anyone mourning a lost pet, but the writing flows more easily and the pictures are more mature in Cat Heaven. The story has spiritualism and reverence but not in a traditional manner. God is depicted as a kindly older man who washes the cats' bowls and "walks in His garden with a good black book and a kitty asleep on His head." His coloring varies from pink to brown to yellowish tan. The visual impact of the book is stunning. Cats of all colors frolic through the exuberantly hued pages. Vibrant yellows, blues, reds, purples, and greens create a feast for the eyes. Even the color of the text changes to contrast with the background. Whether read as a story to younger children or used in a discussion of the nature of heaven with older ones, this deceptively simple, sweet book is rewarding.?Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Every bit as rich in eye-dimming sentiment as Dog Heaven (1995), this will kindle sighs even from the feline-indifferent. Writing in rhyme, Rylant assures readers that all cats already know the way to heaven's yellow door, and once past it will never want for laps, toys, or full kitty dishes. Rylant paints in the same extremely naive style of the first book, with large brushes and bright, opaque colors; heaven is a place with trees and clouds to perch on, fields to leap through--and a garden full of tall flowers, where God walks ``with a good black book [``Garden Tips''] and a kitty asleep on His head.'' Comforting and amiable, this is tinged with gentle humor. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

Customer Reviews

Cry every time i read them.
M. D. Gurk
I found this book to be very comforting, with its simple story and beautiful drawings.
E. MCKINNEY
Knowing that your pet is in "Cat Heaven" helps!
A. Jens

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Marion VINE VOICE on September 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I stood and read through this book in Books A Million and cried my eyes out right there in front of God and everybody, then forked over the full price for the book (which I rarely do---I usually get them here at Amazon discounted). This is the very best book I've ever read on losing a pet. My old cat is 14 years old and just the thought of him being in this "Cat Heaven" made me smile and laugh out loud (after the tears!) I read this to my four year old grandson after he'd lost a kitty and it comforted him, too. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever loved and lost a beloved pet. You will NOT be disappointed!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Karen E. Belding on December 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
We bought this book when our 19 year old cat Sophie was dying of kidney failure. It was the first time our then-three-year-old son was exposed to death. The book really helped us find a comforting, spiritual but non-religious way of talking about dying. The images of God, angels, and heaven were ones we felt very comfortable with. We still re-read the book 4 years later and talk about Sophie.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Lindsay on December 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book to give or to receive when one has lost a special cat. It is a powerful statement that love is indeed stronger than death, and speaks well to both children and adults. It has been a treasured gift to those who have received it, and a comfort in the midst of grief.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paula on April 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My beautiful calico cat, Tucky, died one month short of her 21st birthday. Cat Heaven, with it's tender, gentle tone, has helped me and my children to grieve and heal our loss. Anyone who has loved a cat will be able to relate to a heaven where angels pet cats' noses and whiskers, where they sleep on God's bed, and from where their spirits come to visit the families who loved them. This is a special book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sleepymomof3 on February 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
After my 16 year old cat died, I was worried how my five year old would react. I read her this story, and found it helped ME as well. I've re-read it with and without my daughter, and have enjoyed it more each time.

My daughter also enjoyed The Best Cat in the World by Leslea Newman.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Thank you Cynthia, for such a sweet, touching, loving book. I have read it many many times - although I have yet to get past the page of kitty coming back and watching her family from outside without getting teary eyed!
I also read this book with my 3 1/2 year old daughter, and it always sparks more wonderful conversation and questions about God and Heaven and angels. She is very pleased that the kitties in Cat Heaven have lots of "little pink fishes" to eat, lots of toys to play with and lots of love!
Your whimsical, wonderful illustrations are refreshing and uplifting, and although the words are simple and few, they speak volumes to anyone who has ever loved and or lost a special cat.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Jens on December 11, 2006
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I first came across this book in my public library while putting together a teaching unit. This title caught my eye and I stood there and read the whole thing--I almost cried in the library! I lost a special cat years ago and this book gives one the peace that every grieving pet owner wants; the feeling that your kitty is in a better place.

I sent this book to my aunt who lost her special cat of 15 years and I got a tearful phone call thanking me. When the family dog had to be put to sleep a few years ago, I picked up Rylant's "Dog Heaven" (which I highly recommend also). Tonight I got the sad news that my sister's beloved kitty passed away suddenly and I rushed out to the bookstore to get this title (don't have time to wait for shipping).

Rylant has a simple beauty in her style of writing and art that will help heal your aching heart. Knowing that your pet is in "Cat Heaven" helps!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
We lost our cat several weeks ago, and I bought this book to help my young daughter with her feelings of grief. *I* was the one who ended up crying while reading it aloud to her, not because I was sad, but because the words and illustrations are so comforting. My daughter and I talked after reading it, and agreed that now we can picture our beloved kitty doing all of the wonderful things in the book. Cynthia Rylant was already our favorite author (the Mr. Putter and Tabby series is fantastic, as is the better known Henry and Mudge series.) She has captured our feelings once again with Cat Heaven -- it's just perfect.
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