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Encyclopedia > The Cat Who Went to Heaven
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Author Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator Lynd Ward
Country United States
Language English

The Cat Who Went to Heaven is a book by Elizabeth Coatsworth that won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1931. It was based on an old Buddhist folk tale. A poor Japanese artist adopts a white cat and names it Good Fortune. Commissioned to paint a picture of the death of Buddha accompanied by animals, the artist grieves that he cannot add Good Fortune to the painting, due to the supposedly unlucky nature of cats that prevents them from entering Heaven. The minister of the church resolves the artist's conflict and a piece of silk is placed over the depiction of the cat. The ending is very sad. Image File history File links Wiki_letter_w. ... Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth (May 31, 1893 – August 31, 1986) was an American author. ... Lynd Kendall Ward (26 June 1905 – 28 June 1985) was an American artist and storyteller, and son of Methodist minister and prominent political organizer Harry F. Ward. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth (May 31, 1893 – August 31, 1986) was an American author. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ... Jane Frank: illustration from Thomas Yoseloffs The Further Adventures of Till Eulenspiegel (1957). ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ...

Preceded by
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
Newbery Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Waterless Mountain



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