The Cat Who Went to Heaven

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1931

The Cat Who Went to Heaven

by Elizabeth Coatsworth

illustrated by Lynd Ward

Age: 8+

Interests: cats, artists, animals, Japan, Buddhism, religion More

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The Funny Little Woman

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1973

The Funny Little Woman

Arlene Mosel, author

Blair Lent, illustrator

New York: E. P. Dutton, 1972

36 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: folktales, Japan, cooking, magic, caves

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Grandfather’s Journey

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1994

Grandfather’s Journey

Allen Say, author and illustrator

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993

29 pp

ages 5 +

Interests: history, travel, immigration, Japan, family history, grandparents

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Ponyo (2009)

Rated: G
Length:  101 min.
Age: 4 and up.

Scary Factor: typhoon and tsunami, storm at sea mitigated by sight of little girl happily running on top of the waves!; entire island is submerged in huge flood, but no casualties

Intense scenes: twice Sosuke thinks his fish is dead (briefly); after floods Sosuke finds his mother’s car, eerily empty, and starts to cry, but finds her soon after

Language: mother calls the oddball wizard a “freakshow”; she also calls her husband a “Jerk!”; the wizard calls humans as a species “filthy” and “stupid” (which is justified)

Interests: ocean, sea creatures, magic, nature, spirits, boats, fish, wizards

Next: BOOK: The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen); MOVIES: My Neighbor Totoro, Finding Nemo (a little scarier), The Little Mermaid (a lot scarier)

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