When a Pet Dies

Rogers, Fred. When a Pet Dies (New York: Putnam Juvenile, 1998). Ages 3-6. Thank goodness for this gentle, intelligent soul (who was also an ordained Presbyterian minister, by the way).

Wilhelm, Hans. I'll Always Love You (Albuquerque: Dragonfly, 1988). An unbeatable, classic tearjerker about the loss of a pet and the continuity of love. Ages 4-8.

Viorst, Judith. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (New York: Aladdin, 1987). A little boy thinks of nine good things about his cat Barney, who died last Friday. But after the burial, he thinks of a tenth good thing—a naturalistic and wonderful thing that nonreligious parents will appreciate. Ages 4-8.

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