Monday, September 28, 2009

The Cat Who Went to Heaven



Finished The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth. It won the Newbery Medal in 1931. It is the story of a Japanese painter whose housekeeper brings home a cat from the market instead of food. At first the painter is skeptical, cats are demonic, but after observing the behavior of the cat he changes his mind. The painter is commissioned to paint a mural for the temple of the death of Buddha. The painter imagines himself as Buddha and as each of the animals that Buddha welcomes to Nirvana. The descriptions of each animal are interesting and compassionately written. The cat is the one animal that was not welcomed, but this seems to change by the end of the book. I don't usually enjoy books that are religiously based, but this book is special. "One of the thirty 20th-century children's books every adult should know."--The Horn Book. Unfortunately I cannot seem to locate that list itself.

4 comments:

Andrew said...

Here you go!

http://www.hbook.com/pdf/childrensclassics.pdf

We hope to update the list at some point in the coming months, but there's no reason not to use this one for now.

-Andrew Thorne

atleast said...

Thank you so much!

Laura said...

I am in the middle of reading all the Newbery's, I have about 20 left. I found your blog because I wanted to see if other people were doing this project too. You can see my blog at http://lauramitolife.blogspot.com/. I am 9 and wonder if I will find some other kids my age who finish too.
thanks for the blog!

Laura said...

I really like how you are reading them in order. I just read them as I found and as I became a better reader because I started the project when I was six. Now that I have less than 20 to go it is getting hard to find the final ones I need. Luckly my library just started a loan program with other libraries so, I think I will be able to finish by spring! thank you for visiting my blog!!!!