Not since The 10th Good Thing About Barney or I’ll Always Love You has there been such a peaceful and inspiring book to help children and adults cope with the loss of a pet. The talented multiple-medalist Jane Yolen takes on this difficult subject with her usual grace and poetic sensitivity, focusing not on the death as much as the life in the last day of an older cat named Tiger Rose. Tiger Rose’s kitten days are long gone and she’s grown too tired to stay, so she says her goodbyes to all the creatures and the joys of her natural world—from the scolding blue jay, to the dog and children she shares her home with, to a chipmunk, startled by her gentleness, to her favorite shady patch under a piney bush. In a final vision, Tiger Rose takes one last leap into the blue sky and becomes one with all—the earth, the air, the sun. . . . This is perhaps the most reassuring book on death available for children.
Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen… More about Jane Yolen
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Published by Random House Books for Young Readers May 24, 2011| 32 Pages| 4-8 years| ISBN 9780375988707
Starred Review, Booklist, July 1, 2011: “Approaching a subject that many prefer to avoid, Yolen writes with precision and tenderness…A quiet tribute to the passage from life into death and, potentially, a comfort to children facing the death of a pet.”