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Not since "The 10th Good Thing About Barney" or "I'll Always Love You" has there been such a peaceful and inspiring book to help children and adults cope with the loss of a pet. The talented multiple-medalist Jane Yolen takes on this difficult subject with her usual grace and poetic sensitivity, focusing not on the "death" as much as the "life" in the last day of an olderNot since "The 10th Good Thing About Barney" or "I'll Always Love You" has there been such a peaceful and inspiring book to help children and adults cope with the loss of a pet. The talented multiple-medalist Jane Yolen takes on this difficult subject with her usual grace and poetic sensitivity, focusing not on the "death" as much as the "life" in the last day of an older cat named Tiger Rose. Tiger Rose's kitten days are long gone and she's grown too tired to stay, so she says her goodbyes to all the creatures and the joys of her natural world--from the scolding blue jay, to the dog and children she shares her home with, to a chipmunk, startled by her gentleness, to her favorite shady patch under a piney bush. In a final vision, Tiger Rose takes one last leap into the blue sky and becomes one with all--the earth, the air, the sun. . . . This is perhaps the most reassuring book on death available for children....

Title : The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye
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ISBN : 9780375866630
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye Reviews

  • Miranda
    2019-05-02 06:45

    Ugly crying. But a good ugly cry. A sweet, moving tribute to the life and death of a pet.

  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    2019-05-03 05:43

    Tearjerker of a book about an elderly cat who goes around and says goodbye to everything she loves. Probably a good book for dealing with loss, or, I suppose for people who like to sob over picture books.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-09 23:34

    I first saw this book on a library display several months ago, and was drawn to it by the names of the author and illustrator, two of my favorites. I flipped through a few pages and promptly returned the book to the shelf, lest I started bawling in the middle of the public library. But I kept the title in the back of my mind in case we'd ever need it. As it turns out, we needed it sooner than I imagined we would. I could go on and on about how beautiful this book is. The story itself is so gentle, so sensitive, a heartfelt celebration of a good life. And I will forever think that Jim LaMarche is a genius - his illustrations lend a perfect softness to a difficult subject. My favorite illustration - the cat curled peacefully in the grass while the spirit climbs into the sky - is a wonderful way to explain such an abstract idea to a preschooler. Especially since my initial explanation wasn't cutting it with my daughter ("Lucy will always live in our hearts." "But Mommy, I thought Jesus lived in our hearts. How will Lucy fit?")I think I will buy a copy and donate it to my vet clinic, just to have on hand for other children if parents want to read it to them. What a comforting book this is. Highly, highly recommend.

  • Carol Royce Owen
    2019-05-16 02:47

    I saw this on the 40% off rack at a local bookstore, and picked it up because it's by a favorite author, Jane Yolen. I had forgotten that I had marked this as WANT TO READ, a while ago, and am very happy that I bought it. This is a gentle, peace-filled book about an elderly cat, Tiger Rose, who knows it is her last day. The author and illustrator, Jim LaMarche, take us through her day as she she says good bye to all she loves and who have loved her, and even those who may not love her, but that have given her amusement in her days (like the birds and small creatures in the woods). And finally, Tiger Rose curls up under a rose bush and her spirit leaves her and never looks back, but it happens so peacefully that, rather than crying uncontrollably (as I thought I would, thinking of my four aging cats), I knew it was as life should be. Classroom teachers, consider having this book on your shelf for those students who come to school sad one day, grieving a loss of a favorite pet. They need to grieve, and need to know we care, and sometimes a book like that can help in the healing process.

  • Emily Stueven
    2019-05-05 03:46

    I imagine this gentle story of life and death will provide great comfort to young readers who have lost a pet. It is a little sad. In detailing the domestic dynamic of Tiger Rose's household, it is revealed she is merely tolerated by the family dog and often goes unnoticed by Mom and Pop. But the children love her, and she is a happy cat who has lead a good life but has now come to her natural end. Again, it's a gentle story, so the pet here slips away into death brought on by old age (not by, for instance, being hit by a car or drinking antifreeze).The writer and illustrator allow Tiger Rose her inherent dignity, value her full life and her place in the great circle. Yes, she is only a cat, but, by virtue of being a living thing and existing on this planet, she is connected with all the other living things and her life has a richness and sweetness.The pictures are dear, and the cat's face and body are full of character, but not anthropomorphized. She looks and acts very much like all the good cats I have known.

  • Diane
    2019-04-22 00:36

    This is the most beautiful book I've ever come across to explain the anticipated death of a beloved pet in a non-religious way. It's the story about a cat, Tiger Rose's life from city cat to country cat and what she and her family meant to one another. It slowly eases into the subject of her passing, by celebrating her life as well. Only then do we see that she's gotten older, she's much slower now, has lost her appetite, her legs hurt, her memory is not so good. Knowing her time left is short, she goes about it in a way only a pet can do. She visits her favorite spots, her outdoor critter friends and says goodbye to those she loved, eventually passing away peacefully -- leaving her tired body behind and becoming part of the air, earth and sky......The pastel illustrations are soothing and gorgeous and the story is so tastefully told. It's a must buy for those who have young children and aging pets. 5/5 stars

  • Savannah Foley
    2019-04-30 23:34

    This book was incredibly beautiful. It was everything I wanted out of a book where a cat says goodbye to its life.The pictures were beautiful, the prose heartbreaking in its simplicity. I'm not a person who cries easily, but I cried while reading this. Tiger Rose is perfectly content and poised, walking through the memories of her life and saying goodbye one by one. I am proud to have it on my shelves.

  • Matthew McGhie
    2019-04-24 02:45

    Helps me with my grief

  • Eva Leger
    2019-05-20 03:27

    3.5 - Something strange is going on. Julia and I read this book at home this afternoon and I was positive I'd get on here and only add an update to an already written review. Yet I didn't have this listed at all. Much less rated and reviewed. But I know for a fact I've done just that. Jim LaMarche doesn't have an edition listed where he's the primary so there's no explanation yet. Is there another book identical to this story out there? And I do mean identical. Anyway, I don't think I'd recommend this to the parent of a very young child who has lost or is losing a pet cat. My daughter will be 6 in Sept. and she's lost one pet, one of our Labs, about two years ago. We've always been very open in talking about him since he's left so she's able to talk or cry about him whenever she feels the need, to this day. So this didn't affect her in any emotional way like someone may think. But it is a little too vague - only in some parts - for the very young to grasp. Julia's at the very least of average intelligence. If her teachers and myself are to be believed she's slightly above. And I worried about her really "getting it" a time or two. It can lead to some decent discussions which is always something. The illustrations match the story beautifully. All in all it's a very tender, sweet story about a pet cat saying goodbye to his family when he knows his time to go has come. Some members of the family go about their daily business without a second glance (the family dog) and some (the young daughter) seem to know the deal. My ultimate favorite part of this book is the very end. (And this is how I'm positive that I've read and reviewed this before. The last two illustrations touched me in a way that not too many do.) It's reminiscent of the animated movie Brother Bear actually. Very beautiful and a great belief (is that the right word?) to instill in a child. IMO. I'd like my daughter to believe this anyway. And it's right along the lines of what I've always taught her which is an added bonus. I wouldn't buy this to keep at home because it's not re-readable IMO. I would however buy it to give as a gift to any reading friend of mine who is a parent to a child losing a pet cat. I'd have to make the child's age limit somewhere around 5, possibly 6, depending.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-14 01:23

    Possibly the saddest children's book in history of children's books. Trigger warning-do not read if you have ever had a pet.

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-05-18 01:33

    Tiger Rose has lived a long, happy, contented life. Surrounded by a loving family who live in a house of laughter, Tiger Roses' world expanded to the animals who dwell in her environment, including a dog named Rowf who tolerates her, chipmunks, birds and the bushes that provided shade.Few can pack such emotion in a mere 32 pages of incredible text and wonderful illustrations. Familiar with Yolen's writings, I've grown to expect superb, stellar insights. She writes of things dear to us; she writes of home and family, love and friendship. And, never shy of dealing with difficult subjects, this children's book is no exception.Well aware of the tear and the smile pets bring us, while we bask in the unconditional love, all too soon we know that the love and joy our pets provide, also equates to incredible, heart breaking sadness when we must say goodbye.Tiger Rose is weary and tired and she knows this is the day "it is time!" Too tired to remain on this earth, she takes a final journey of courage to say good bye to the special people and things in her life.The children, adults, pets and small things are unaware that she will soon be gone, Tiger Rose makes the round of gentle good bye to life as she knows it. There is grace and poetry in the simple way Tiger Rose accepts the inevitability of her transition. And, there is tremendous sensitivity and gentleness in Yolen's writing style. As Tiger Rose bids farewell with a final, soft passage, in her simple, gentle style lies the power of the book. Not melodramatic, but accepting of the natural process of a body that fails and a spirit that longs for freedom, Yolen has crafted a masterpiece.Grab a box of tissues, open this book and prepare for the poignancy of life and love and thankfulness for the major contribution our pets bring, for without them, life would be oh so bland.Highly recommended. Five Stars!

  • Wayne Walker
    2019-05-12 22:42

    Have you ever experienced the death of a pet cat or dog? Tiger Rose is a gray striped tabby cat. She was born in the city but now lives in the country with a boy and a girl who love her, a dog named Rowf who tolerates her, and two grown-ups named Mom and Pop who let her sit on the sofa as long as she doesn’t use her claws. She is surrounded by bushes, pine trees, butterflies, blue jays, moles, voles, chipmunks, snakes, starlings, ants, bees, sparrows, and goldfinches. However, Tiger Rose has grown old and tired and slow. Her kitten days are so long ago that they are only small sparks of memory. Her legs sometimes hurt, and she no longer has an appetite for chasing food. One soft, spring day, she knows that it is time to say goodbye. “It is time,” she says to Rowf who is lying on the porch. She says goodbye to Mom and Pop as they drive off in their cars. She says farewell to the boy and girl as they walk to school. She says goodbye to all the rest of her friends. Finally, she cleans herself from head to tail, lies down under the roses, curls up into a ball, and falls asleep. What will happen then? The loss of a beloved pet is a difficult time for children, and sometimes for many of us who are older too. When I was growing up, we had lots of cats and a few dogs, so we had our share of kids’ pet funerals. In the last almost twenty or so years, we have had three house cats in our family, and when the first two passed on each instance was hard on our boys. Author Jane Yolen, whose Owl Moon won a Caldecott Medal, tells a very touching and sensitive story, beautifully illustrated with the pastel drawings by Jim LaMarche, which will help to provide a sense of peace and comfort to a child whose pet has died. Yes, the book is sad, and I must admit to having eyes blurred by tears when I finished it, but I heartily recommend it as a tender, loving tale that can well be called “as much a celebration of life as of its gentle end.”

  • Robin
    2019-04-25 00:31

    This is a touching story about the death of an aged family pet, told with love and compassion. The illustrations are a beautiful compliment to the story, and convey the soft dream like quality of her last spring day.Tiger Rose is a family pet who has had a good life. Her kitten days are a faint memory and her body is now old and tired. She understands that her life is coming to an end and it is time to move on.Tiger Rose reflects back on the time she had spent with her family, and the special relationships they have shared. Although she is tolerated by the dog and ignored by the parents, she is beloved by the children, and she seems to share a special bond with the little girl.She says goodbye to her human family as they go off to work and school, and to her creature friends and favorite places. Content her goodbyes have been said, she cleans herself and has a good stretch.Finally she goes to lie down in her favorite spot under the rose bushes. With peace and dignity, her body breaths its last breath as her spirit soars free and runs up a sunbeam to become part of the world once again.This is not a fantasy book with a Disney-esque talking animal - this is an average family cat who behaves like most family pets. It is easy to picture Tiger Rose as a cat we may have known.Not since The Fall of Freddie the Leaf has there been such a wonderful and moving book on death for children that explains things simply without religious overtones. If you have to explain death (especially death of a pet) to a child and are struggling to find the right words, this is a good book to read together.

  • Tasha
    2019-05-18 03:19

    A quiet, thoughtful book about the death of a pet, this is a beautiful way to explain death to a child. Through poetry that paints pictures of Tiger Rose’s days and her life as well, the story is told in special moments and connections. Tiger Rose is an old cat and she knows her time is drawing near. As she heads off, she takes the time to see her people family once again, time to bid farewell to the sleeping dog, and time to visit her favorite places to nap. At the end, she cleans herself from head to tail and stretches in the sun before curling up under the rosebushes. Then she rises into the sky, never once looking back. Yolen takes time to really have this cat connect with her life, so readers can envision what she was like as a younger, more spry cat. The time is also important as children will need it to come to terms with what is happening. This book does not spring the cat’s death on readers, rather the book is all about the death and what leads up to it. It is about saying goodbye to a good life. Yolen’s writing is beautiful, aching and gentle. She whispers in this poem, sharing sweet moments, softly.LaMarche’s art echoes that gentle softness with his delicate lines and glowing lighting. He celebrates Tiger Rose in her last day, allowing readers to celebrate too in her beauty and grace. His style is perfectly married to the subject here.While this is another picture book on the already crowded death of a pet shelf, it takes a different approach to the subject and really honors what is happening in a beautiful and touching way. Appropriate for ages 4-8.

  • Christy
    2019-04-21 02:38

    Not since The 10th Good Thing About Barney or I'll Always Love You has there been such a peaceful and inspiring book to help children and adults cope with the loss of a pet. The talented multiple-medalist Jane Yolen takes on this difficult subject with her usual grace and poetic sensitivity, focusing not on the death as much as the life in the last day of an older cat named Tiger Rose. Tiger Rose's kitten days are long gone and she's grown too tired to stay, so she says her goodbyes to all the creatures and the joys of her natural world—from the scolding blue jay, to the dog and children she shares her home with, to a chipmunk, startled by her gentleness, to her favorite shady patch under a piney bush. In a final vision, Tiger Rose takes one last leap into the blue sky and becomes one with all—the earth, the air, the sun. . . . This is perhaps the most reassuring book on death available for children.

  • Kay Carman
    2019-04-21 04:38

    Tiger Rose, "whose kitten days are long behind her," says goodbye to the people, places and things that have enriched her world as she senses the approach of death. This book contains the perfect marriage of words and pictures. Yolen has spun a spell from the first page... "The day Tiger Rose said goodbye was a soft spring day, the sun only half risen. Little brilliant butterflies, like bits of colored paper, floated among the flowers." And LaMarche's illustrations, perfectly capture the look of an old cat - the eyes, the thinness. It has the same theme to it as Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney in that the body is left behind and the spirit becomes one with the universe. My favorite about pet cat death, however, is still Cat Heaven by Rylant because of the mention of God. I'll buy Yolen's book, though, for the illustrations.

  • Judy Desetti
    2019-04-20 22:36

    I might be the only one who did not get all weepy and sad about this book. It is another tale of pets who die. This year, 2011, was a big year for books that dealt with death of a loved pet. This is the only one I have seen of a dying cat though. I liked this book but felt the goodbyes went on too long. I also felt the kitty looked too young. Having had my cat for 18 years I know a cat looks much different than the one who was walking about in this story. In fact the dog looked older than the cat. Also the family looked so young to be having a cat going through the death process. I guess I just assume that cats live to be really old, and the kids would have grown up more. I liked the concept and the story but there was something missing in it for me. Perhaps if the children were a bit more a part of the story.

  • Justina
    2019-05-16 03:46

    This book is about Tiger Rose, an elderly cat who is ready to say goodbye on her last day. I have never read such a sensitive and beautiful book about death for children. I cried like a baby at the end of this 32-page picture book (and I was at work, reading it to review). It was simple, honest, and true. My boyfriend read it, and even he got tears in his eyes. The illustrations are soft and beautiful, and as Tiger Rose says goodbye to her family, her fellow animal the dog, and spends a few last hours in the beautiful outdoors, what one really feels is an immense appreciation for life and love. The illustrations on the last two pages really kill me. I would recommend this book for anyone who knows a child who has lost a pet or loved one. It is a gentle and beautiful way to look at death.

  • PaulHankins
    2019-04-28 23:42

    Sitting alone on a Saturday evening and I have Jane Yolen's book in my library pile. I thought, "Oh, I can just read this one along with the others. I want to get some of these books read and into Goodreads to share with friends." Yeah. Now, I am sitting her like an idiot thinking about Fozzie who died right before we went to Disney World in 2010 and Gonzo who died (in my arms no less) right before we left for Pigeon Forge this spring. Oh, the burial and the dealing with broken hearts. . .the reading of Rylant's CAT HEAVEN. Another tender look at the loss of a pet, told tenderly as only Jane Yolen could do. Nothing jarring in the book despite the fact that the reader follows a cat on her last day. Soft renderings/drawings. Gentle interactions. Pretty book.

  • Dione Basseri
    2019-05-12 03:37

    I dearly hope I can keep this book in my mind for my future kids, because they are going to experience some pet loss, just based on timing, and I've never seen a book so peaceful and comforting. This is best if your pet dies of old age, since the entire book is about Tiger Rose accepting her own passing and making peace with the world. The ending is remarkably nonspecific on religion (quite different from the "rainbow bridge" drivel), and, as an atheist, I actually found comfort in its portrayal of the cat's passing and "afterlife."If you're looking for a similar story about dogs, I can't recommend "Saying Goodbye to Lulu" more highly. That book also has the child moving on to new pet ownership, so it might be a good follow-up if you're trying to warm your child up to the idea.

  • paperdollmom
    2019-05-16 02:25

    This is a really sweet story with sweet illustrations. I personally would have preferred this as a poem over a childrens story, as there are a lot of hard words for younger children, and I can see a lot of confusion coming from young minds on what is happening. I do love how the cat goes through her world, acknowledging everything down to the ants and bushes, which is something that adds a bit of mindfulness and respect towards all living things. Our world can do with a bit more of that. I loved the ending, how she just becomes part of the earth, air, sky, and sun. I find the ending beautiful, as it coinsides with my own beliefs, but I can see it causing ruffles with parents who believe quite differently. Overall, it is really just a sweet book that is beautiful to read and look at.

  • Lori Reed
    2019-05-11 06:29

    Such a beautiful and simple book. After losing our 20 year old cat I turned to picture books to read with my children to help explain his death and to bring comfort to children who had never known life without our ginger tabby Indy. If you are looking for a book that embraces death as the "circle of life" this is the book for you. It tells the story of Tiger Rose who has grown old and tired. On her last day she says goodbye to all the people, animals, and things she knew and loved. Then she goes to sleep. Beautifully illustrated The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye is a good book for helping elementary aged children, and their parents, cope with the loss of a pet.

  • Christiane
    2019-05-15 02:48

    I knew I'd be all weepy over this one so saved it to read in the back room. It's a gentle, beautifully illustrated story of an old cat's last day. It's barely about the family at all, but I think it could be very comforting to children who have a pet die, especially if the pet dies at home (rather than having to be put to sleep at the vet). It has a spiritual, not religious, ending as the kitty becomes part of the earth again, but it's very low-key and would easily fit in with a family's personal beliefs about death.

  • Randie D. Camp, M.S.
    2019-05-10 22:29

    Tiger Rose is not an active kitten anymore, she's tired and her legs sometimes hurt. Through gracefully written text and soft hued illustrations, Yolen and LaMarche help Tiger Rose say goodbye to everything she loves and move on to life after death.It was not as sad as I originally thought it would be. I feel that many children experience the dying and death of a pet and this book is a gentle way to address what they are experiencing.

  • Alysha DeShaé
    2019-05-03 22:21

    I knew I shouldn't read it. I knew I should have just left it alone. But I can't resist a cat book - even a sad one. *sigh* I don't even have the excuse of having children to read this to or a pet about to pass. I read it because I saw a cute cat and ignored the title and what it meant. Now I'm crying.I will definitely be saving this book for it's intended use, though, because I'm sure it will be necessary one day - no one lives forever. :-(

  • Megan
    2019-05-21 01:31

    Disclaimer: I am adding every book I read in 2016 to Goodreads now. I bought a few children's books about death - pet death specifically - around the time I had to let go of my cat Meredith this year. I thought maybe they would help me deal with the grief of losing my best friend of 17 years. They did, just a little bit. If nothing else, it's a release sometimes to find something easy to read that makes you cry, just to get it out.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-13 05:25

    A fantastic book, beautifully illustrated, about the death of a pet. It's one of those stories for children told in a way that will speak to adults as well. It's not maudlin or frightening, just a quiet tale of an elderly cat leaving first her home and her human family, then other animals, and finally her body, to become "part of the earth, the air, the sky, the sun— and all."

  • Marlee
    2019-05-18 01:28

    I thought this book was really beautiful. My son was crying before we even finished the book and couldn't stop for quite a while. One of our cats died last year. I think that despite how much this book upset him, it was more in a healing way to release pain than it was in an actually upsetting way. I think this book is lovely. The pictures are fabulous, especially those at the end.

  • Cathy Blackler
    2019-05-14 00:19

    Anyone who needs a book to help children deal with the death of a pet cannot go wrong with Yolen's latest tale. Beautifully poetic, accompanied by exquisite illustrations, Tiger Roses's journey is a beautiful interpretation of the end of life.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-25 00:43

    *pardon me while I wipe away a tear or two*As a cat owner, this books was very bitter sweet for me - but it deals very gently with the idea of a pet dying of old age. Really beautiful and a great conversation-starter with kids who may be losing a pet or loved one soon...