The Cat Who Went to Heaven

The Cat Who Went to Heaven A Newberry Medal Winner This Timeless Fable Has Been A Classic Since Its First Publication In , And This Beautifully Illustrated Edition Brings The Magic And Wonder Of The Tale To A New Generation Of ReadersIn Ancient Japan, A Struggling Artist Is Angered When His Housekeeper Brings Home A Tiny White Cat He Can Barely Afford To Feed But When The Village S Head Priest Commissions A Painting Of The Buddha For A Healthy Sum, The Artist Softens Toward The Animal He Believes Has Brought Him LuckAccording To Legend, The Proud And Haughty Cat Was Denied The Buddha S Blessing For Refusing To Accept His Teachings And Pay Him Homage So When The Artist, Moved By Compassion For His Pet, Includes The Cat In His Painting, The Priest Rejects The Work And Decrees That It Must Be Destroyed It Seems The Artist S Life Is Ruined As Well Until He Is Rewarded For His Act Of Love By A Buddhist Miracle

Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth was best known as the author of Away Goes Sally, The Cat Who Went to Heaven, which won the 1931 Newbery Medal, and the four Incredible Tales, but in fact she wrote than 90 books for children She was extremely interested in the world around her, particularly the people of Maine, as well as the houses and the surrounding land She also loved the history and myths of h

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  • Hardcover
  • 63 pages
  • The Cat Who Went to Heaven
  • Elizabeth Coatsworth
  • English
  • 02 March 2019
  • 9780027197105

10 thoughts on “The Cat Who Went to Heaven

  1. says:

    This delightful little fable has a compilation of several meaningful animal stories within its pages with the cream of the crop saved for Good Fortune the cat.First published in 1930 and winner of the 1931 Newbery Medal, this wonderful little classic brings together an intelligent and loving white cat with spots an impoverished Japanese artist, his sweet little housekeeper and a compassionate Buddha for a surprising miracle of an ending no spoiler here Sad and touching cat tale and you may shed a tear.

  2. says:

    Elizabeth Coatsworth wrote poetry and novels, but she was best known for her children s books Her second one was The Cat Who Went to Heaven , which won the 1931 Newbery Medal for distinguished contribution to children s literature.It s the story of a poor Japanese artist and a very wise cat named Good Fortune It is set in ancient Japan and tells the history of the Buddha through a painting the artist is doing It s a great story set with good moral examples, but maybe a little old fashioned for the technology minded children of the 21st century.

  3. says:

    A struggling Japanese artist, so poor he can hardly expect a good meal each day, is frustrated and annoyed when his housekeeper brings, not the food he had longed for, but a cat home from the market one day Although the cat, with her regal bearing, sweet disposition and adorable tri colored coat and short tail, subtly charms the artist, he is appalled than pleased to have her in his midst, considering her like all cats a goblin and a devil because long ago the cat did not pledge her loyalty to Lord Buddha as the other animals so was denied his blessing What a conundrum, then, when the artist is commissioned by the village s head priest to paint the death of Buddha for a hefty sum for the temple, For, though the housekeeper names the cat Good Fortune, an outcast cat overseeing the painting of such a revered scene at first seems anything but to the young artist Yet, as Good Fortune seems to devoted to the Buddha often sitting by his statue, and so attendant to the painting in progress the young artist begins to question his initial impressions of her.This sets up the bulk of the storyline for this slim novel The majority of the book involves the artist meditating on what it must have been to live the life of the Buddha, and to be each of the special animals that attended him at his deathbed and whom the Buddha had been in previous incarnations, so that he can paint them with the most sensitivity He paints snails, elephants, deer, dogs, apes and even tigers but when sweet Good Fortune becomes such a part of the artists life and painting experience, it becomes increasingly difficult for him to leave the cat out of his painting The book started a little slow for me, but as I seeped in it it did help reading it all in one sitting I began to feel and appreciate its subtle power and the gentle way it worked its lesson Since I have studied a fair bit about Asian cultures and religion, I was familiar with the story of the Buddha and admired how much Coatsworth conveyed with such economy of words I was not as familiar with each of the animals stories, though I did know the story of the Banyan deer from A Treasury of Wise Action Jataka Tales of Compassion and Wisdom I loved the ending it was absolutely beautiful and though it was definitely a big moral of the story I felt it had been so exquisitely wrapped up in the telling and purpose of the whole tale that it fit without being obnoxious or overbearing Much as I enjoyed and appreciated the story, I admit that I am a bit perplexed as to what wider audiences this might appeal to Although it is a children s book, I m not sure how many children would have the patience for or interest in the various little stories and some very young and sensitive readers might not fully understand the message and thus be very upset about the fate of the cat Still, I m very glad I read this with the Newbery Club in the Chilren s Book Group here on GoodReads This book won the Newbery Award in 1930 and I m glad that it is still available today The edition I got from the library received new illustrations in 2008 by Raoul Vitale and, while I would have loved to see the originals, I really enjoyed his work and though he did an especially wonderful job illustrating Good Fortune I think she is a Manx or, at least, reminded me a great deal of one of the sweet tempered and handsome Manx cats at the cat sanctuary where I volunteer.

  4. says:

    4 saoM t c u chuy n nho nh ng ha m ch a y nghi a s u xa L truy n thi u nhi n n co nhi u chi ti t ky a o h p d n, nh ng ng i l n o c se th y nh ng t ng nghi a kha c n a, l c i hay c a cu n s ch n y Tuy nhi n dung l ng s ch r t ng n n n m i th u r t x c t ch, c ng, c n c ch m v suy ng m c m nh n c ngh a c a n.

  5. says:

    on my goose.this is one of the best books in existenceit only takes about an hour to readbut is too worth it to possibly describe.

  6. says:

    A delightful fable about a poor painter who is commissioned to create a masterpiece of the dying Buddha for the village temple The artist ponders and meditates on each element of the painting He spends time contemplating the meaning of each animal to be added, but is unable to include the cat, as legend tells that only the cat of all animals refused the teachings of Buddha When the painter rebels against tradition, and includes a cat in the painting, he is rewarded with a miracle A very good primer on the meaning of life, compassion, and love in the Buddhist religion Every word masterful and meaningful Highly recommended.

  7. says:

    I read this book as a child, and I have to say it affected me profoundly, perhaps than any other book I ever read It s a beautiful story, rich, historical, yet mystical I learned so much from reading this book, and I think every child should read it, I think it would help make them a better person, as I feel it had that affect on me To this day I still get tears in my eyes and get choked up when I read it Sad, and yet the most beautiful story I ve every read.

  8. says:

    I LOVE this story It s among my very favorite cat stories A must read for cat lovers

  9. says:

    Cats, Buddha, art, being nice to cats, forgiveness, and a cat What s not to love

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