The Cat Who Went to Heaven

Written by Elizabeth Coatsworth and Illustrated by Raol Vitale

Set in ancient Japan, the story is about a struggling artist and his cat. When his housekeeper brings the cat home, he is at first angered but then grows more attached after he gets a painting commission from the head priest. Thinking that the cast has brought him luck, the artist includes his pet in the painting. But the priest is angry that the cat doesn't accept the teachings of Buddha and orders the animal destroyed. But Buddha has other ideas.

Age Range 8 - 12 years
Genre
Copyright Year
Page Count
96
Publisher
Macmillan
Grade Level 3rd - 7th
ISBN
9781416949732
Lexile 1000
Themes