The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689712036
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/30/1987
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 73,389
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Judith Viorst is the author of the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies; the Lulu books, including Lulu and the Brontosaurus; the New York Times bestseller Necessary Losses; four musicals; and poetry for children and young adults. Her most recent books of poetry include What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? and Nearing Ninety.

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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Tenth Good Thing About Barney 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book shortly after we had a very beloved cat euthanized. It is a very loving story, sensitively handled about death and the on-going circle of life. It helps young children get a grasp on the finality of death and the importance of riutals and family support.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a wonderful book. I have a 4 year old, who's Dr. passed away. Since then she had been asking me questions about death. So I bought the book ( a coworker told me about it). It was great at explaining what I couldn't. I recommend this book for children of all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember this from my youth as a poem & was glad to see it published as a book. Was a favorite of mine & my sisters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Hospice bereavement couselor for children. We use this book quite often to help children get a grasp on death.Children relate people death's through past experience with pet death's.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A boy's cat dies, and he thinks of good things about the cat, including the decomposition of the cat's remains.
paroof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great story to read if you've just lost a beloved pet.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am completely unable to read this without crying.This is a small tale a a child who loses a pet. The parents suggest ways of consoling him and eventually he embarks upon listing Ten Good Things about his Pet, Barney. He comes up with nine fairly easily, but is stuck on that last one. It is a fine book to help children (and adults) cope with loss.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book carefully portrays a child's feelings about the death of his cat. It is a wonderful book to help teach a child about the concept of death. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago