The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Sep 30, 1987 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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.

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Would make a great writing activity. - Goodreads
Viorst is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
This book has great character development. - Goodreads
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Good book for dealing with death. Dog is remembered by the great things about him.

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In this book the main character is suffering the loss of his pet cat, Barney. The book is his list of the great things about his cat and how he is coping with the loss of his friend. This book could be used in the classroom to discuss death and loss of a pet or family member with young students. Read full review

About the author (1987)

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s picture books, adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry for children and adults, and musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. She is best known for her beloved picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Erik Blegvad was born in Denmark and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen. Mr. Blegvad has illustrated more than one hundred children's books, including Twelve Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Riddle Road by Elizabeth Spires, Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear! by N. M. Bodecker, and Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude by Louise Borden. The Blegvads divide their time between England, France, and Wardsboro, Vermont.

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