The Tenth Good Thing about Barney

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Aladdin Books, Jan 1, 1971 - Juvenile Fiction - 25 pages
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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.

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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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Judith Viorst is an children's book author that I admire greatly (think amazing stories like Lulu and the Brontosaurus and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day). I don't think I ... Read full review

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Great book dealing with the death of a pet. The child can think of 9 good things about their pet, and then at the end, realizes the 10th good thing -- that buried in the earth, he will now help the ... Read full review

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About the author (1971)

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 Pencil award (for The Tenth Good Thing About Barney) and an Emmy (for poems used in an Anne Bancroft TV special).

Erik Blegvad was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 3, 1923. He apprenticed in a machine shop because he was planning to become an airplane mechanic. However, he left the shop after the German occupation of Denmark in 1940, when it began doing work for the Nazis. He spent several days in a Nazi prison for distributing Danish resistance literature. He graduated from the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts. After Germany's defeat, he served in the Royal Danish Air Force and later assisted the British as a German-to-English translator in occupied Germany. He was working as a commercial illustrator in Paris when he met Lenore Hochman, who he married in 1950. He illustrated his first children's book, The Story of Peace and War by Tom Galt, which was published in 1953. During his lifetime, he illustrated more than 100 children's books. His works include Bed-Knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton, The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall, The Complete Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit, Peter and the Troll Baby by Jan Wahl, and Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear by N. M. Bodecker. He also illustrated picture books written by his wife including The Great Hamster Hunt and This Little Pig-a-Wig and Other Rhymes about Pigs. He wrote the book Self-Portrait in 1979. He died on January 14, 2014 at the age of 90.

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