Sally goes to Heaven
Published by: Abrams Books for young Readers an imprint of Abrams 2014
Ages: 5 – 7 years
Theme: Death, heaven, joy
Opening Lines: Sally wakes up when she hears the front door close. She rises slowly from her bed, careful not to strain her aching joints.
Synopsis: (from the flap) Sally the black Labrador has had many wonderful adventures over the years. But now she is tired and ready for a rest. After falling asleep Sally opens her eyes and discovers she’s in heaven. She’s sad to leave her family behind but soon finds that heaven is filled with new and exciting places to explore. There are lots of friends to make, meatballs grow on bushes, and – best of all – there are no leashes!
Why I like this: A beautiful tender story from a dogs view of life after death. A wonderful way to reassure children that their dog or pet would find happiness, no pain and enjoy so much when they have gone from this life. Sally finds she is able to bounce around no longer feeling the bangs of old age and she can eat all her favourite food like ice-cream. It is lovely how the author also includes that Sally hopes the family she has left behind will find another dog to play with and look after them, and in doing so teaches that life does go on.
Stephen, author, artist, and sculpture, had such dedication, love and respect towards dogs and wrote beautiful books for children of everyday life based on his own dog, eventually built a chapel for dogs and dog owners so the dead could be remembered. He himself took his own life in 2010 and his wife who tried to keep his legacy going died three years later.
Interesting story about the author/artist who died in 2010 and his wife who died 3 years later.… http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/01/arts/design/01huneck.html?_r=0
A video with the author a year before he died… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0jj0Fg2LA4
This is Dog Mountain website…. http://www.dogmt.com/
Also a video of the chapel for dogs and owners…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ty4kQSfm3s
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