If Not For The Calico Cat
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...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 19th 2007 by Dutton Juvenile
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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.
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.
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.
Apr 12, 2008 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it 4 of 5 stars
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!