This book tells the story of what happens to a cat named Clyde after he dies. Like all creatures, Clyde is transformed and reintegrated into the natural world of growing things, plants, water, and weather. In poetic and vivid language and warm and colorful illustrations, this story seeks to put the death of a pet into its widest, most universal, and in a sense most benign context. An eye-opener for kids and a beautiful sympathetic meditation for adults.
About the Author
Lovely friend Ellen Shelton has spent a lifetime teaching, mentoring, and working with young people. She mastered French at the Sorbonne in Paris, and later taught French to High-School students in Ouray Colorado. She also designed and directed a film program for young people (studying, analyzing and editing film) for the Telluride Mountainfilm festival. Ellen has lived with, and said goodbye to, a number of family pets. And she has thought long and lovingly of the journey that their essence, their substance and their spirit then make in this natural world. The idea of transformation comforted her young daughters, and she hopes that the story of Clyde may help other children see the death of a pet as not quite so final. Today Ellen lives in Bend, Oregon, with her writer husband Peter.