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What's Heaven? [Hardcover]

By Maria Shriver (Author)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.5" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 15, 1999
Publisher   Golden Books Adult Publishing
ISBN  0307440435  
EAN  9780307440433  
UPC  033500440434  

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What's Heaven is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps her learn about Heaven. The many questions in this book--childlike and thought-provoking--are real, coming from Maria Shriver's own children, nieces and nephews when her grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy passed away. With loving, cinfident, and ultimately uplifting answers, Shriver taught her family, and will teach yours, how to come together, feel closer to each other, and feel peace.

Borne from actual questions asked by her own daughters, journalist Maria Shriver's What's Heaven? is a gentle narrative following the conversations that pass between a mother and a young daughter in the days immediately following the death of the child's special great-grandmother. Initially, young Kate's concern is with the obvious change in her mother. Quickly, one question leads to another.
Kate asked, "Mommy, why are you so sad?" Her mom looked at her and said, "My grandma, your great-grandma, has died and gone to Heaven." Kate thought about this for a moment. "Then she asked, "Heaven? What's Heaven?"
Shriver, who was raised Catholic, delivers a simple, traditional definition of Heaven that is rich in imagery but never overembroidered . Heaven, she writes, "is a beautiful place up in the sky, where no one is sick, where no one is mean or unhappy. It's a place beyond the moon, the stars, and the clouds.... Heaven isn't a place you can see.... It's somewhere you believe in." As the funeral approaches and Kate's questions become more pragmatic ("How will she breathe in the box?... Why did Great-grandma look so different?") her mother slowly and clearly introduces the concept of body versus soul, explaining that Great-grandma's best and brightest traits will live on forever in the people she loved. It's hard for Kate to grasp, but by book's end, when she's calling up into the sky to her Great-grandma, it is clear Kate understands. "I know you are up there, and if you can hear me, I want you to know that even though you are no longer here, your spirit will always be alive in me." Generously illustrated with Sandra Speidel's full-size pastel drawings of the characters, the sky, angels, and family photographs, this is a book that can comfortably be read in one sitting. Not that it will only be read once: it's got instant-classic written all over it. (Ages 5 and older) --Jean Lenihan

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More About Maria Shriver

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Maria Shriver is one of television's most respected anchorwomen, the recipient of television awards, and the bestselling author of What's Heaven?, What's Wrong with Timmy?, and Ten Things I Wish I Known Before I Went Out Into the Real World. She and her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger have four children.

Sandra Speidel has won awards from the San Francisco and New York Society of Illustators, and most recently, from the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She illustrated What's Heaven?, What's Wrong with Timmy?, and a dozen other children's books.

Maria Shriver currently resides in Santa Monica, in the state of California.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Not impressed.  Jun 10, 2008
This is the story of a young girl who questions death and the hereafter, following the passing of her grandmother. While the questions are important, the story isn't very well-written, and the conversations aren't very realistic, in my opinion. I believe that, if the book were written by an unknown writer, instead of by a Kennedy, it would still be in an editor's slush pile; possibly even in their garbage can. The book's illustrations are beautifully rendered pastels, each of them including various shades of blue, invoking heavenly feelings appropriate to the title. While death is a difficult subject for any child to deal with, I found this book to offer overly simplistic answers to complicated emotional questions. I wouldn't recommend it for a child who is seeking answers about death, or who is dealing with grief.
heaven for a child  May 15, 2008
It was ok but I was looking for a little more honest book with more knowledge on God for a child. The pictures were beautiful.
Great for talking with children about death  Apr 27, 2008
Easy for young children to understand and helps explain the death of a family member or pet.
What's Heaven  Apr 25, 2008
Helpful and insightful at such a difficult time. The illustrations are perfect for the subject matter.
What's Heaven? is not based on Bible's teachings  Apr 5, 2008
I was so surprised that with Maria Shriver's Catholic background that she leads her readers to believe that "everyone who is good throughout their life will get to go to heaven." Wrong! We are saved because God loved us so much and sent his son, Jesus, to die on the cross of our sins, thus, giving to those who believe in him eternal life. If we relied on "being good" no one could ever inherit eternal life. Even though I would like to think that my pet friends will be in heaven, the Bible does not address this. I was very disappointed in the book.

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