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Up in Heaven Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers (March 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385746385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385746380
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2--A sweet story about the death of a beloved pet, this is bibliotherapy at its best. Daisy, a dog, and Arthur, a boy, are inseparable until the day the canine lies down in her basket never to rise again. Although she arrives in a lovely doggy nirvana, Daisy can't fully enjoy her newfound paradise because she is able to look down on her former home and see her family grieving. On the advice of fellow dogs in heaven, she sends the child dreams that both reassure him about her benign fate and encourage him to move forward by acquiring a new puppy. Clark's simple text and characteristically child-friendly illustrations make this book useful for sharing with even the youngest children. Recommend it along with Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven (Scholastic, 1995) to anyone seeking comfort when dealing with issues of grief and loss.--Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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PreS. There's nothing religious in the view of heaven in this picture book about the loss of a beloved pet. Clark has simply created a joyful fantasy with an honest treatment of grief and comfort. Daisy, Arthur's dog, is devoted to him, but she can't keep up with him anymore. After she dies, she wakes up in dog heaven, a place she loves. The bright lively pictures show an idyllic place in the sky with sunshine and flower-filled green meadows, where Daisy runs with lots of old and new dog friends or curls up in a cozy armchair. Arthur doesn't know that Daisy is happy. He misses her and doesn't want another dog. But Daisy is watching over him, and she sends him dreams about her beautiful dog heaven and suggests that he get another puppy. The countryside Arthur sees when he drives with his parents to choose his new pet looks a lot like Daisy's heaven. Because Clark never denies the child's sorrow and loss, the hopeful, loving scenes will help preschoolers move on. Hazel Rochman
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I believe the book was meant for children but it can be touching for an adult as well.
Linda C. Wiehl
It was a great way to explain to my small children that Maxwell was okay up in heaven and that we could have and love a new dog when the time was right.
Mary M. Adams
Daisy's friends advise her to send Arthur a dream and show him how happy and restored she is now that she is in heaven.
Kathy

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Ferguson VINE VOICE on October 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Finally! A lovely, short, picture book for young (to very young) children that deals with death.

Arthur's beloved dog, Daisy, dies in her sleep one night. Of course Arthur and his family are sad. Daisy, watching from heaven, decides to send Arthur some dreams. In this way, she lets him know that she is happy in heaven, with lots of friends and feeling fine, and that she doesn't mind at all if Arthur decides to get another puppy.

Chichester's book certainly doesn't answer all the questions a child may have about death but it does address the loss of a pet very well. Unlike many books that deal with the loss of loved ones that fall very heavily on the reader, Up In Heaven also stands alone as a lovely storybook. Illustrations are bright and beautiful.

Although not religious in nature, the story is skewed to religions that believe in heaven and a possible afterlife. I hope my pups go to Chichester's heaven when they pass on!
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There is great comfort to be found in this sweet story for anyone who has lost a pet. I bought it for a friend who lost her maltese to a sudden illness. Now, her little house dog is not so much like the dog "Up In Heaven", but the message resonated and comforted. I bought an extra copy for my young grandchildren who risk losing an aging Shih-tzu. We're going to read it this weekend.
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By Linda C. Wiehl on December 20, 2012
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I have given this book by Emma Chichester Clark to several friends who have lost a four-legged family member. The book paints a comforting picture of their companion frolicking in heaven. I believe the book was meant for children but it can be touching for an adult as well.
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This is a great book for children who have lost a pet through death. The author, Emma Chichester Clark, strikes a lovely and insightful balance as she tells the story of young Arthur whose dog Daisy dies of old age. Arthur is bereft and his parents are unable to console him. But Daisy comes to the rescue, observing from heaven how unhappy Arthur is.

Daisy's friends advise her to send Arthur a dream and show him how happy and restored she is now that she is in heaven. For a while Arthur is comforted, but the cure is short-lived. Again Daisy consults with her doggy friends who now advise that she send Arthur a "new puppy dream", making sure he knows that Daisy will not be jealous.

With Daisy's approval young Arthur is ready to adopt a new puppy, confident that it is Daisy herself urging him to do so.

The book has delightful illustrations and I have only one caveat: be sure as parents that you are ready for puppy adoption if your family is recovering from the loss of a beloved pet.

A rare and sensitive story which will delight both young and old.

Kathy
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I came upon this book while in my hometown library and was thrilled that someone had written a stunningly visual book to help explain the loss of a pet to toddlers. We had lost our 1st baby 3 months earlier and ever since our 3 year old had questions about where Bear (our dog) went and why? Once we got this book, our daughter was able to easily relate to our dog having a fabulous time in Heaven with his friends and that she could still talk to him as he was looking down on her from there. Every so often she will still look up and say how much she loves him.

I also purchased the book from Amazon as her class of 3 year old's also lost their pet guinea pig Daisy (the name of the dog in the book) and they needed help explaining this concept to them. It never did arrive on time from Amazon (see Book Depository review), but we got it instead from the library again and when the book finally arrived, gave it to them for a reference for the future. All the kids loved it and were easily able to relate to the concept- it really helped in their grieving process and now they have a new guinea pig, Ruby to enjoy and make new memories with.
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This is priceless. It tells the story about a little boy who's dog dies, but continues to watch over him in Heaven and help the boy and his family try to get over the loss. A must for anyone with young children who has experienced the loss of someone close to them (human or not!).
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