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I Am Tama, Lucky Cat by Wendy Henrichs
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Aug 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-book
Read in August, 2011

This delightful picture book provides background for why so many Japanese love the beckoning cat. According to the legend told by the author, a hungry, homeless cat approached a temple in search of shelter. Although the temple has fallen on hard times, a kindly monk living there befriends the cat and names her. He is taken by her unique way of lifting a paw in greeting. During a storm, the cat races outside and lifts her paw, beckoning an approaching warlord closer and saving his life. In gratitude, he supports the nearby temple financially. The story is told in a simple yet elegant fashion, and readers are sure to drawn in to the heart-tugging tale. The watercolor illustrations show the illustrator's understanding of cats, insuring that Tama's personality shines through. It would be hard to say who is more fortunate--the cat or those who respond to her beckoning paw.

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