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Title:
The heaven of animals
Author:
Tillman, Nancy, author, illustrator.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Offers a comforting story for readers of all ages grieving the loss of a pet that depicts an idyllic heaven for animals.

"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."--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312553692
Format :
Book

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With all of my heart, I believe it is truethat 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.


Author Notes

Nancy Tillman created her first book, On the Night You Were Born, to convey to children at an early and impressionable age, "You are the one and only ever you." Nancy has written and illustrated the best selling titles: The Spirit of Christmas, Wherever You are My Love Will Find You, Tumford the Terrible, The Crown on Your Head, and I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love. She also illustrated It's Time to Sleep, My Love, with Eric Metaxas.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.