Tenth Good Thing About Barney
By Judith Viorst
Review by: Ellen Dragonetti
Everyone who is a parent and has pets will eventually be faced with the sad reality of their child experiencing the death of a beloved pet. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney not only helps your child identify his feelings and accept the inevitable-but explains the ritual of death through a funeral.
Erik Bleguad’s gentle sketches help tell the story of a boy and his cat-and how with the loving and tender help of his family, learns to cherish his memories and be at peace with knowing Barney could now be in a special place called heaven.
The symbolism of planting seeds to grow helps the boy understand life vs. death, and the never ending circle of life we all come to understand. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney will help you to comfort your child or grandchild through a difficult time in their little life, and allow them to grieve appropriately.