The Tenth Good Thing about Barney

Judith Viorst

Illustrated by Erik Blegvad

Softbound

$6.99

I found this book at our veterinary’s office while I was waiting with our bird, Chipper, for an appointment.  Fortunately for me, the doctor was running a bit late, so I was able to read the whole book.  After drying my eyes, a smile lingered, and I knew we had to offer this gem to others.  It is just that good, and it is a beautiful book to share with any child who has lost an animal friend.

Barney the Cat dies on a Friday, leaving the small boy who is his friend very sad.  The boy’s mother and father create a special funeral for the cat and ask the boy to think of ten good things about Barney so that he can tell them at their backyard ceremony.  But the boy can think of only nine . . . until he discovers the tenth while talking to his father, and begins to understand.

Very highly recommended.

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