The Cat Who Went to Heaven
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
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Annotation: A magical cat inspires a Japanese artist to paint the greatest picture of his life.
Catalog Number: #4811779
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Aladdin
Copyright Date: 1958
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: 88 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-416-94973-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-416-94973-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2008272928
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
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Newbery Medal
Library Journal
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 11,140
Reading Level: 5.9
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.9 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 17 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.6 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q01958
Lexile: 1000L
Guided Reading Level: S
Fountas & Pinnell: S

A Newberry Medal Winner

This timeless fable has been a classic since its first publication in 1930, and this beautifully reillustrated edition brings the magic and wonder of the tale to a new generation of readers.

In ancient Japan, a struggling artist is angered when his housekeeper brings home a tiny white cat he can barely afford to feed. But when the village’s head priest commissions a painting of the Buddha for a healthy sum, the artist softens toward the animal he believes has brought him luck.

According to legend, the proud and haughty cat was denied the Buddha’s blessing for refusing to accept his teachings and pay him homage. So when the artist, moved by compassion for his pet, includes the cat in his painting, the priest rejects the work and decrees that it must be destroyed. It seems the artist’s life is ruined as well—until he is rewarded for his act of love by a Buddhist miracle.


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