Synopses & Reviews
Sally Goes to Heaven
is a wonderful, joyous book to help provide gentle insight into the natural cycle of life of a pet, or to share with young children who have recently experienced the loss of a beloved animal. In this book, Sally passes away and goes to heaven, where she lives happily and helps her family on Earth find a new pet. The book includes a removable magnetic photo frame that readers can use to hold a picture of their own beloved pet.
Praise for Sally Goes to Heaven
andldquo;Any family who has ever loved and lost a dog will find comfort in Sally Goes to Heaven. Stephen Huneckandrsquo;s beautiful illustrations and simple text evoke an afterlife that is everything we could hope for our dogsandmdash;and ourselves.andrdquo; andmdash;Ken Foster, author of The Dogs Who Found Me and Iandrsquo;m a Good Dog
andquot;The final entry in the late Huneckandrsquo;s series about Sally the black Labrador is a touching account of Sallyandrsquo;s death from old age and her joyous experiences in heaven.andquot;
--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
andquot;Huneckandrsquo;s instantly recognizable woodcuts make each scene feel iconic, and his plainspoken prose will provide grieving young pet-owners with a measure of relief.andquot;
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
andquot;This title can help children remember the good times in both Sallyandrsquo;s or their own petandrsquo;s life.andquot;
--School Library Journal
andquot;The folk artandndash;style woodblock illustrations, in their directness and simplicity, are as comforting as the text.andquot;
"Pure, tender, lyrical without being overearnest, and deeply felt." - Kirkus - pointer review
"The reassuring story might comfort a child after the loss of a pet, but this pleasent, imaginary paradise will have a broader appeal to all animal lovers." - SLJ
"The bright acrylic paintings are Rylant's debut as a picture-book painter... they mesh beautifully with the innocence of the text a book for parent-child sharing." - Booklist
Newbery Medalist Rylant makes her debut as an illustrator in a warm, whimsical picture book about the wonderful place where all good dogs go for an endless supply of ham biscuits, good meals and lots of petting. Beautiful, poignant and charmingly original, here is a book that will touch the heart of anyone who has ever loved a pet.
This Newbery Medalist makes her debut as an illustrator in a warm, whimsical picture book about the wonderful place where all good dogs go for an endless supply of ham biscuits, good meals and lots of petting.
In Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant's classic bestseller, the author comforts readers young and old who have lost a dog. Recommended highly by pet lovers around the world, Dog Heaven not only comforts but also brings a tear to anyone who is devoted to a pet. From expansive fields where dogs can run and run to delicious biscuits no dog can resist, Rylant paints a warm and affectionate picture of the ideal place God would, of course, create for man's best friend. The first picture book illustrated by the author, Dog Heaven is enhanced by Rylant's bright, bold paintings that perfectly capture an afterlife sure to bring solace to anyone who is grieving.
About the Author
As a child in West Virginia, Cynthia Rylant never dreamed of becoming a writer. In her free time, she devoured Archie comic books and paperback romances and enjoyed the outdoors. But after taking one college English class, she was, hooked on great writing
I didnt know about this part of me until I went to college-didnt know I loved beautiful stories.” And one night, inspired by the Southern writer James Agee, she sat down and wrote When I Was Young in the Mountains. Named a Caldecott Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it was an instant success.
Since that night, Rylant hasnt stopped creating wonderful books. Her stories explore friendship, love, grief, and other mysteries, and often draw on her memories of growing up in Appalachia. I get a lot of personal gratification thinking of those people who dont get any attention in the world and making them really valuable in my fiction-making them absolutely shine with their beauty.”
She lives with her many pets in the Pacific Northwest.