Title: The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Author: Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator: Lynd Ward
Description: Signed by Coatsworth on ffep. Third printing (May 1931). Beige cloth boards stamped in teal. Boards show soiling (damp stain on front); outer spine hinges darkened. Small bookseller label on ffep. Pages are generally clean. 57 pp. 9 x 7.5 inches. Illustrated by Lynd Ward.
Winner of the 1931 Newbery Medal. The story of a poor Japanese painter and his noble cat "Good Fortune." For a local temple, the painter is commissioned to paint the dying Buddha Siddhartha and the animals who have come to pay tribute to him. Herein, the Buddhist lore around various animals (snails, elephant, horse, swans, oxen, dog, Banyan deer, monkey, tiger) is presented. There is an underlying conflict around the belief that cats are too proud to be blessed--a belief that Good Fortune and the artist redeem.
Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893-1986) was an American writer of fiction and poetry for children and adults. Lynd Ward (1905-1985) was an America illustrator and author, known for his wordless novels composed of wood engravings.
Jacket Condition: None
Publisher: Macmillan Company
Place: New York
Keywords: Lynd Ward, illustrated, Newbery Medal, Japan, artists, Buddhism, animals,
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