The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith ViorstThe Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

byJudith ViorstIllustratorErik Blegvad

Paperback | September 30, 1987

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My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them...
But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth -- and begins to understand.
Judith Viorst was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 2, 1931. She graduated from Rutgers University (1952) and the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute (1981). She has written extensively, her works include children's books, collections of poetry, lyrics to musicals, several works of fiction, and a cookbook. She has won a Silver Pen...
Title:The Tenth Good Thing About BarneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 7 × 6.25 × 0.2 inPublished:September 30, 1987Publisher:415231986

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0689712030

ISBN - 13:9780689712036

Appropriate for ages: 6


Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story for children grieving loss of a pet In this story a child's loved cat, Barney, dies, so the little boy is very sad and cries a lot. His mother says they can have a funeral for his pet, so to think of 10 good things about Barney to say at the funeral. By the morning of the funeral, he had been able to think of only nine. Later in the day, when the boy is helping his father in the garden, he learns something important - and something especially nice about Barney. This is a great story for children grieving the loss of a pet.
Date published: 2017-03-07

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"In simple phrases narrated by a child whose cat, Barney, has just died, the author succinctly and honestly handles both the emotions stemming from the loss of a beloved pet and the questions about the finality of death which naturally arise in such a situation. . . . An unusually good book that handles a difficult subject straightforwardly".--The Horn Book