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If Not For The Calico Cat

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The crew of The Jade Lotus watches other ships disappear from sight, sure that they have slipped over the edge of the world. To save themselves from the same fate, their cabin boy, Hiro, entices a calico cat aboard.

But the calico cat isn’t happy; she misses her warm spot on the wharf. Roaming the ship, she runs through the flour barrel, walks over the captain’s maps, caus

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 19th 2007 by Dutton Juvenile
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Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Christian, Mary Blount. If Not for the Calico Cat. Dutton.2007. New York.
This review was also posted on Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

If Not for the Calico Cat is an adorable must own picture book by Mary Blount Christian. The story is about the old superstition, that you need to have a calico cat on board a ship, or the journey will be plagued with bad luck. When a calico cat that was happy on shore is dragged on board The Jade Lotus, the journey is plagued with a series of
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Shelli
A tale of some superstitious sailors back in the time when it was thought the world was much smaller and square, causing ships to just fall off the corner of the world. For some reason the sailors believed a calico cat on board would bring good fortune and prevent any such dangers. The cat in this story proved them wrong. An interesting read, with colorful cute illustrations; the ending wasn't the best but it was still a fun read to share with my daughter.
Rachel
On one side of the world we had Columbus, but the other side had its explorers too. Sailors have many superstitions, and in this case it is that a calico cat will bring good fortune, it seems they chose the wrong cat though. This one causes nothing but unintentional trouble, because it wants to find a good place to rest. The illustrations are comical, and keep the story from becoming too serious.
Dolly
Apr 19, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining tale about the superstitious nature of sailors and their belief in a calico cat bringing good luck to a ship's voyage. The story is a bit silly and seems to mix Japanese and Chinese culture a bit, but it's certainly a fun story to read aloud. The illustrations are colorful and cartoonish. We enjoyed listening to our youngest read this book to us.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Now this was cute! Chinese sailors believe that a calico cat on board a ship brings good luck. This story tells about what really happens! I enjoyed the illustrations, especially the cross-sections of the insides of the ship. I also liked the author's style of writing and description. I recommend this for all cat lovers!
Mil
Art relates well to the story. The story is nicely told. Insight into another culture, and their superstitions.
Hilary
This calico cat may have been brought onboard to provide good luck, but the cat had other ideas...
Becky
Aug 03, 2007 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young cat lovers
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Wonderful story with enchanting illustrations!
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