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What's heaven?
Shriver, Maria.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 cm
After her great-grandmother's death, a young girl learns about heaven by asking her mother all kinds of questions.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 80415.
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BT849 .S5 1999C Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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What's Heaven is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps her learn about Heaven. The many questions in this book - childlike and thought-provoking - are real, coming from Maria Shriver's own children, nieces and nephews when her grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy passed away. With loving, cinfident, and ultimately uplifting answers, Shriver taught her family, and will teach yours, how to come together, feel closer to each other, and feel peace.

Author Notes

Maria Shriver was born Maria Owings Shriver on November 6. 1955, in Chicago. She is the second child of the politician Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She is also the niece of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

She is a journalist who received a Peabody Award and co-anchored the NBC Emmy winning coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics. She also won two Emmy Awards as executive producer of "The Alzheimer's Project". This special also earned her an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award for developing a television show with a conscience.

Maria Shriver earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies from Gerogetown University in 1977. She wanted to focus on writing with her book, "Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out into the Real World". She discovered her passion for broadcast journalism while working on her father's vice presidential campaign and sitting with the press corps. She moved on to co-anchor the CBS Morning News with Forest Sawyer. She also began contributing to other news shows such as Dateline NBC.

With her marriage to Arnold Schwarzenegger, she became the First Lady of California in 2003, when he was elected governor. Maria Shriver is a strong advocate for Special Olympics and sits on their Interantional Board. Her book title's include: What's Wrong with Timmy?, What's Happening to Grandpa?, And One More Thing Before You Go . . ., and I've Been Thinking. . . Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

According to Shriver, the death of her famous grandmother, Rose Kennedy, and its effect on Shriver's daughters, then five and six, occasioned this book, a series of conversations between a girl named Kate and her mother about the death and funeral of Kate's great-grandmother. The storytelling framework can be bumpy ("[Kate] was the kind of girl whose beautiful eyes sparkled when she talked"), and Speidel's (Songs for the Seasons) idealized pastels of mother, child, fluffy clouds and prim angels, while pretty in a conventional way, don't advance the text or open it more widely to children. However, the exchange between fictional mother and daughter is unusually honest and attentive to children's concerns. Kate wants to know just where heaven is ("If heaven's in the sky, then how come I can't see it?") and just how Great-grandma got there ("Do the angels just take you through the ceiling and through the sky?"). Kate's reactions to the funeral are the common ones ("Why are we going to [bury Great-grandma in a box]?... What if she wants to get out?" and "Why did Great-grandma look so different?"), and they are met with sympathetic, reasonably clear explanations about the difference between souls and bodies. Shriver describes heaven in nondenominational terms, with more emphasis on angels than on God, and she leaves plenty of room for other schools of thought ("Some people believe in different kinds of heaven and have different names for it"). If its structure and overlong text make this book awkward for sharing directly with a child, its content serves as an excellent model for parents. All ages. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved