Cat Heaven

Cynthia Rylant

Book - 1997

God created Cat Heaven, with fields of sweet grass where cats can play, kitty-toys for them to enjoy, and angels to rub their noses and ears.

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Picture books
New York : Blue Sky Press 1997.
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
Main Author
Cynthia Rylant (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Those who liked Rylant's Dog Heaven will undoubtedly welcome this companion volume, which is similar in its themes and execution. The text, this time in rhyme, has the same complement of sentimentality; the art again consists of bright, cheery paintings rendered in a primitive style. Detractors, however, will note the same weaknesses present in the earlier volume. The language seems coy or precious: "The way to Cat Heaven/ is a field of sweet grass/ where crickets/ and butterflies play..../ There's just so much fun on the way!" The rhymes often strain: when a cat needs to "just simply ponder," Rylant says, "she will watch the old house/ where she once lived and wandered." Here God is multicultural his face alternates between pink, brown and beige on different pages and he really likes cats. God sits reading in Cat Heaven, where cats "are so loved and spoiled/ God lets them all/ lie on His bed," and when he walks in his garden there is "a kitty asleep on His head." Whether or not this view of heaven will please the clergy or be helpful to children who have lost pets, Rylant's feel-good book is bound to appeal to adults whose taste in reading is dominated by a pronounced sweet tooth. A surer bet for Rylant fans is The Blue Hill Meadows (reviewed below). All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

Review by Publisher Summary 1

God created Cat Heaven, with fields of sweet grass where cats can play, kitty-toys for them to enjoy, and angels to rub their noses and ears.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A simply versed companion to Dog Heaven features bold, folk-art illustrations and profiles the special place where all good cats can find an endless supply of catnip, tuna, and warm laps.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

God created Cat Heaven, with fields of sweet grass where cats can play, kitty-toys for them to enjoy, and angels to rub their noses and ears

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A joyous celebration of a cat's journey after a happy life on Earth by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant.

"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."