JANE YOLEN has written 300 books for children, including "Owl Moon,
" winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal; the bestselling How Do
Dinosaurs . . . ? series; and our own "Hush, Little Horsie." Her
work has been recognized with two Christopher Medals, the Golden
Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, and many others for her
distinctive middle and YA fantasy fiction. When she is not
writing--is she ever not writing?--Jane composes songs, performs as
a professional storyteller, and enjoys being a grandma.
JIM LAMARCHE has illustrated over 20 children's books, some of which he has also written. His work has been awarded the "Parents" magazine Best Book of the Year; the Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Picture Books; and the ABA Pick of the List. He lives in central California with his wife and children.
Starred Review, Booklist, July 1, 2011:
"Approaching a subject that many prefer to avoid, Yolen writes with precision and tenderness...A quiet tribute to the passage from life into death and, potentially, a comfort to children facing the death of a pet."
K-Gr 2-A poetic picture book about a cat that knows she is at the end of her life. Tiger Rose is old and hurting, and she senses that the time has come for her to leave. No catastrophic event harkens her death, just a natural instinct to go off by herself. It's this sense of nature taking its course that is very soothing and makes the death acceptable to readers. Mirroring the soft tone of Yolen's text are LaMarche's light-filled pastel illustrations. Both elements have an ethereal quality to them, which suggests that this is a celebration of the cat's life as she exits peacefully and with dignity. "She never once looked back as she climbed away from life, leaving her old and tired body behind..now part of the earth, the air, the sky, the sun-And all." Children who are experiencing loss will find this book a comfort. Pair it with Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (Atheneum, 1971) and Bill Cochran's The Forever Dog (HarperCollins, 2007) for reassurance that death is a natural part of life.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.